Ten Most Famous UNC Alumni: No Porn Stars, But an American Hero

Additional photos and more below.
Additional photos and more below.

Porn stars played a prominent part in two Ranker lists about Colorado: the ten most famous people from Denver and the ten most famous attendees of Colorado State University.

Clearly, the University of Northern Colorado is slacking in this category.

Instead, the ten most famous UNC alums (and all of them appear to have graduated, unlike Ranker faves for CSU, CU Boulder and the University of Denver) represent a variety of fields: athletics first, with politics, music, journalism and historic novels also cited. And then there's number one — a man who most observers agree deserves to be called an American hero.

Check out the photo-illustrated roster below, featuring UNC-centric text and links from the individuals' Wikipedia pages.

Bill Frisell.
Bill Frisell.

Number 10: Bill Frisell

William Richard "Bill" Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is an American guitarist, composer and arranger.

One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell's eclectic music touches on progressive folk, classical music, country music, noise music and more. He is known for using an array of effects to create unique sounds from his instrument....

Frisell was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but spent most of his youth in the Denver, Colorado area. He studied clarinet with Richard Joiner of the Denver Symphony Orchestra as a youth, graduated from Denver East High School, and went to the University of Northern Colorado to study music.

His original guitar teacher in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area was Dale Bruning, with whom Frisell released the 2000 duo album Reunion. After graduating from Northern Colorado, where he studied with Johnny Smith, Frisell went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with Jon Damian and Jim Hall.....

Ben Dreith.
Ben Dreith.

Number 9: Ben Dreith

Ben Dreith (born February 1, 1925) is a former American professional football on-field official who worked from 1960 to 1969 in the American Football League (AFL) and from 1970 to 1990 in the NFL. Prior to his teaching and officiating career, he was a three-sport athlete at the University of Northern Colorado.

Dreith developed a reputation of being a no-nonsense, tough-minded official on the field. His career is most notable for an unnecessary roughness announcement on his microphone during a 1986 NFL season game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets and a controversial call during a 1976 playoff game between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders. During his thirty-year career, he officiated two Super Bowls, and received a playoff assignment for twenty-eight consecutive years.....

Henrietta H. Fore.
Henrietta H. Fore.

Number 8: Henrietta H. Fore

Henrietta Holsman Fore (born December 9, 1948 in Chicago, IL) was the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance. She was designated these positions by President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, respectively, on May 7, 2007. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 14, 2007. Ms. Fore is distinguished as the first woman to serve as Administrator of USAID. These positions were at the rank of Deputy Secretary of State. Ms. Fore left these offices upon the conclusion of the Administration of President George W. Bush on January 20, 2009. She is now the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International....

Fore has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Wellesley College and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She has also studied international politics at Oxford University and studied at Stanford University Graduate School of Business....

Ed Werder, right, with the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman.
Ed Werder, right, with the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman.

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Number 7: Ed Werder

Ed Werder (born May 3, 1960 in Longmont, Colorado) is a Dallas-based bureau reporter for ESPN, primarily reporting on stories about the NFL. Since joining ESPN in 1998, Werder has become a staple in their NFL coverage, as he contributes to shows such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown (from a game site) and Monday Night Countdown (from the Monday Night Football site). Werder primarily reports on NFL news concerning the Dallas Cowboys....

While at The Dallas Morning News, Werder won several awards for chronicling the demolished relationship between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the then head coach Jimmy Johnson. Werder is a 1982 journalism and communications graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. He is married with two children.

Vincent Jackson.
Vincent Jackson.

Number 6: Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson (born January 14, 1983), is an American football wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Northern Colorado, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Jackson has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times and has exceeded 1,000 receiving yards during six seasons. He is also the founder of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, which fosters the relationship between deployed troops and their families back at home....

Jackson enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado and played for the Northern Colorado Bears football team. It was one of the few colleges that recruited Jackson out of high school. One of the few true freshman to ever play for Northern Colorado, Jackson earned All-American honors as a punt returner, scoring the first time he ever touched a ball on a punt return against Adams State College. He rewrote the record books on the way to becoming Northern Colorado's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards (game & season), kick return yards, punt return yards, receiving touchdowns. His senior season was highlighted by a 13-catch, 249-yard, three-touchdown effort against Florida Atlantic. Jackson also started for Northern Colorado in basketball....



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