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Bobby Pesavento knows the mentality needed to play in big-time football games.

That makes it easy for him as a vice president of a risk management company to be involved in several big business deals.

The former Lake Central and University of Colorado quarterback showed off his leadership skills and time management while with Fort Scott (Kans.) Community College.

"I took 30 credits in one semester because I wanted to graduate and go to a four-year school and play," Pesavento said. "It was like high school in that you went to school all day, practiced football, ate dinner, studied and went to bed. The next day, you did it all again."

Pesavento, who is 6-foot-5, had transferred from Miami (Ohio) and Lake Central coach Elmer Britton suggested he go to a junior college to hone his skills. He wanted to make the move to the University of Colorado, and he said it was like a semester full of two-minute drills, but he had no timeouts or no way to stop the clock.

"At Fort Scott, you had to go a full year or have 30 credits, so I doubled up," Pesavento said. "I wanted to be at Colorado for the spring semester and spring ball.

"I really got tested, but I learned quite a bit. Fortunately, we were about 100 miles south of Kansas City and there were not a lot of distractions. I learned a lot of discipline and it has helped me in football and my career."

Pesavento is vice president of business development for Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers, Inc. He is in the California-based company's regional office in Grenwood Village, Colo. The firm does consulting and risk management.

"I develop the relationships with the companies and work with our insurance people," Pesavento said. "We deal with risk, whether it is buying property or their hiring or firing of an employee, to insurance and benefits packages.

"I get to do a lot of the fun things like golf, dinners and working with people face-to-face."

Pesavento's face and name are known throughout Colorado as he was a star quarterback in 2001.

He came into a game against Oklahoma State in 2001 when then-starting quarterback Craig Ochs went down. The Buffaloes trailed 19-7. He engineered a 22-19 win. A few weeks later, he and the Buffaloes upset Nebraska 62-36.

"Nebraska was No. 1 and we were confident because we wanted to win (the Big 12 North Division) and go to Dallas for the title game," Pesavento said. "Everything went well that day."

He led the Buffaloes to a win over Texas in the Big 12 title game and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. Colorado was ranked No. 3 in the BCS poll and Oregon No. 4. The Ducks won 38-16.

"People still come up to me and say they remember that game and that makes you feel good," Pesavento said. "Colorado was just a good fit for me and to be back here is just great."

Pesavento has been with Poms & Associates about a year after spending three years with another risk management company. He also played five years in the Arena Football League.

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