Colorado State University-Pueblo will field a football team for the first time in 24 years when the ThunderWolves take on Panhandle State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 in its new ThunderBowl
Stadium. Prior to that inaugural game, the CSU-Pueblo Office of Student Activities hopes to inspire students through the lessons learned by All-Pro Denver Bronco Karl Mecklenburg, who will share his message at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Hoag Recital Hall located in the Art/Music Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Karl Mecklenburg rose from being a college walk-on and a 12th round draft pick to a pro career that included six Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl appearances. Considered the NFL's most versatile player, Mecklenburg played all seven defensive front positions. Bronco coaches wanted him at the point of attack and would move him throughout the game. In many games, Mecklenburg played all seven positions in the course of a single game.
Since retiring from pro football in 1995, Karl divides his time between family, motivational speaking, and his ongoing charity involvements. Karl speaks to lessons life in the NFL taught him about teamwork, courage, dedication, desire, honesty and forgiveness, and goal setting can be applied anywhere. Mecklenburg has used his special brand of motivation as an assistant football coach at Kent Denver High School.
Karl and his wife, Kathi, have three children and live in Littleton, Colorado. In 2001, Karl was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. He also serves on the Broncos Alumni Council. He has hosted a radio program, done television sideline reporting and studio work, written columns for the Denver Post and had magazine articles published. In 1987, he was the coauthor of “Meck For The Defense,” published by McGraw-Hill. Look for his new book "Heart of a Student Athlete" coming soon.
The Mecklenburgs have had a strong commitment to many Colorado charities through the years. In 2006, they formed the Karl Mecklenburg REACH Foundation in an effort to further impact the youth of Colorado. REACH stands for rewarding experiences for all children. He and his wife have both served on the board of directors for Pros With A Purpose, in which pros works with Denver Rescue Mission to pair homeless families with community mentor-teams. He is a Trustee of Colorado Youth Outdoors. www.coloradoyo.org, which brings high schoolers and their parents together to learn about and experience traditional outdoor sports. Karl has also served as an honorary board member with The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Aspen Youth Experience (AYE).