Wednesday, September 22, 2021

CU Buffs plan to debut Ralphie VI in season opener

Hollywood, California – It’s been a long time since the general public has been able to walk through the gates of Folsom Field to watch the Colorado Buffaloes play a football game.

It’s been even longer since Ralphie ran on the Folsom Field turf.

However the wait is almost over.

Athletic Director Rick George told BuffZone.com at Pac-12 Media Day that CU plans to make his debut for Ralphie VI when the Buffs open the season on Sept. 3 against Northern Colorado. Ralphie’s running plans are currently being finalized.

“We have a Ralphie,” said George. “I’m excited. Ralphie has been a part of our history for 50 years and we hope it continues.”

Ralph V retired after the 2019 season, but did not play in any of the final three home games of that season. The Ralphie V had become overly wired and was not responding to operator signals as usual, so it was deemed unsafe to continue driving.

Ralphie V led the football team on the field for 12 years before his retirement. His last run was on October 5, 2019, when the Buffs played Arizona.

CU Buffs plan to debut Ralphie VI in season opener
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