RIVERSIDE, Calif.—It's been nearly 50 years since Fred Morawczski finished playing football at UC Riverside, but his memories are as fresh as ever.
"The best thing was the comradery and really having a sense of purpose," Morawczski said. "I had great teammates and really inspiring coaches."
Morawczski, who is a 2018 UC Riverside Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, holds the career rushing record with 1,035 yards, even though he only played on the team for two years (1968-69).
"I was surprised and pleased," Morawczski said of making the Hall of Fame. "I'm excited to see the school and a lot of my old teammates."
Along with Morawczski, Larry Cunningham (basketball), Melissa Sanchez (softball), David Finley (baseball), and the 1982 baseball team will receive the highest honors during the induction ceremony on Nov. 16 at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in downtown Riverside.
During the final game of his collegiate career, Morawczski ran wild on UC Davis, gashing the Aggies for four touchdowns en route to setting a school record for touchdowns in a game.
"Being a student athlete at UCR was instrumental in the person I have become," Morawczski said. "During that time, I learned how to set goals for myself and stick to them even when I had adversity."