WATCH: Ralphie VI unveiled, set to make CU Buffs football debut in Friday’s game against UNC – The Denver Post
The University of Colorado’s newest live buffalo mascot was unveiled Wednesday and she will be making her long-awaited debut Friday when CU football opens its season again Ed McCaffrey and the Northern Colorado Bears at Folsom Field.
The school presented the reveal in a video on Twitter narrated by CU alumnus and ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler.
“She’s the magic that stirs our soul to greatness, our pride and tradition, connected through one running spirit,” Fowler says in the video. “So run, Ralphie, run.”
The 15-month-old Ralphie VI takes over for Ralphie V, who retired after a 12-year run with CU. The newcomer weighs just less than 500 pounds, according to the school. Her predecessors all grew to be about 1,300 pounds. She was born on CU alumnus Will Isham’s ranch north of Chadron, Neb., on May 27, 2020, where she orphaned after her mother rejected her, but was later adopted and partly raised by a beef cow.
In November 2020, the Isham family donated her to the school.
“This will be a really special moment in our Ralphie history as Ralphie VI makes her first appearance to open our 2021 season,” CU athletic director Rick George said in a news release. “Colorado football is synonymous with Ralphie and I’m ecstatic to continue this tradition with Ralphie VI as the best tradition in college athletics.”
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