Football came to CU in 1890. Although the team lost their first home game 103-0, there have been many successes since then. The school’s most famous football alumnus, Byron White, played for the “Thundering Herd” in the 1930s, and led the Buffs to their first bowl appearance – the 1938 Cotton Bowl. Since then, the team has played in numerous post-season games, including nine bowl appearances in the 1990s alone. The three retired numbers in “Golden Buffalo” football history belonged to Bobby Anderson, Byron White and Joe Romig. Dozens of CU players have played professionally for the National Football League.