Alvarez played three seasons at Florida from 1969-1971. He made 172 career receptions and held that record for 36 years.
“Carlos is a great example of all that is good in college athletics,” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said last fall when it was announced that Alvarez would be inducted. “His tireless work and commitment to excellence translated into success both on and off the field. He has maintained his level of commitment and success in his professional career as well.
Alvarez did some editing to the Florida record books with his sophomore season. He caught 88 passes for 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns that season, and every one of those marks was the top in Florida history for over 20 years. The 88 receptions that season is still tied for the most in one season.
He also holds the school record with 15 catches in one game. Alvarez pulled those down from quarterback John Reaves in Florida’s homecoming win in 1969.
“What a tremendous honor for Carlos Alvarez and the University of Florida football family,’’ Florida head football coach Will Muschamp said after Alvarez was named as an inductee last fall. “Growing up a Gator fan, I was very aware of what Carlos accomplished, setting most of the receiving records in an era when you could only play three years and the seasons were only 11 games long. Carlos was equally successful in the classroom at UF and he has carried that success to his law practice.
“I had the pleasure of talking to Carlos shortly after I got the job at Florida and despite all of his success – I remember how humble he remains. He is very proud to be a Gator and today all Gators should be proud of him.’’
Alvarez is now a lawyer in Tallahassee. He has served on the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Claims Court, the Florida Elections Commission and the Second Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission.
Alvarez became the eighth member to represent the Gators in the NFF College Football Hall of Fame. Ray Graves and Doug Dickey, Alvarez’s two coaches, are both in as well. The only members include Emmitt Smith, Wilber Marshall, Dale Van Sickel, Steve Spurrier, Jack Youngblood and Charles Bachman.