Ky. Pro Football Hall of Fame shindig June 20

June 13, 2014

From the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame …

Golfers are invited to play with some of the NFL’s greatest players from Kentucky as the Class of 2014 is inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on June 20.

The golf outing will take place at Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg, Ind., with team entries set at $2,500 and $5,000. All proceeds benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital’s Congenital Heart Center. To register, call (502) 629-8060.

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame celebration will take place at the Brown Theatre in Louisville, June 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 and may be purchased online at www.HelpKosairChildrensHospital.com. Click on “fundraising events.”

Lexington businessman Frank Minnifield (Henry Clay High School, University of Louisville, Cleveland Browns) will receive the eighth annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity, an honor named after the former University of Kentucky and Cleveland Browns coach. The award recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding integrity on and off the field. Minnifield, 54, started and grew a successful home-building business. He was the first African-American executive on the Lexington Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was elected chairman of the University of Louisville board of trustees in 2011.

“Frank Minnifield lives out our father’s belief you can accomplish anything so long as you do not care who gets the credit, which explains why he was so surprised to be nominated for this award,” said Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin, daughter of Blanton Collier, speaking on behalf of her family, the Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group and the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame board. “Frank is a visionary and humanitarian who almost single-handedly created the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame to benefit children in the commonwealth.”

The class of 2014 inductees include:

Sherman Lewis of Louisville (Manual High School 1960, Michigan State ’64), who coached with the San Francisco 49ers (1983-91), Green Bay Packers (1992-99), Minnesota Vikings (2000-01) and Detroit Lions (2002-04).

Elvis Dumervil of Miami (Miami Jackson H.S. 2002, University of Louisville ’05), who played for the Denver Broncos (2006-12) and Baltimore Ravens (2013-present).

Larry Seiple of Allentown, Pa. (William Allen H.S. 1963, University of Kentucky ’67), who played and coached with the Miami Dolphins (1967-78), Detroit Lions (1980-84), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1985-86) and Dolphins (1988-2000).

Mark Clayton of Indianapolis (Cathedral H.S. 1979, University of Louisville ’83), who played for the Miami Dolphins (1983-92) and Green Bay Packers (1993).

The Centre College team from Danville also will be inducted.

Proceeds from the celebration and golf outing will support the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Norton Kosair Children’s Hospital and its Brave Hearts, a support group of local families united by their children’s fight for life after being born with complex congenital heart defects that require heart surgery.

 


Kentucky Pro Football Hall names inductees

January 31, 2014

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced it 2014 inductees Friday at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.

They are former Manual and Michigan State running back Sherman Lewis, who served on the coaching staffs of the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions; former Louisville defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil, formerly of the Denver Broncos and now with the Baltimore Ravens; former Kentucky and Miami Dolphins star Larry Seiple, who later coached with Detroit, Tampa Bay and Miami; and former Louisville and Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers receiver Mark Clayton.

In addition, the Centre College football team will be inducted.

“We take delight in remembering that Centre was, in fact, a national power in collegiate sports between 1917 and throughout the 1920s,” said Dr. John Roush, president of Centre. “Bo McMillan and several of his teammates were among the best football players in the country during that time, and Centre’s 1921 team of C6HO fame stands as an important part of the college’s story as a place where extraordinary things occur on a regular basis.”

Frank  Minnifield, out of Henry Clay and the University of Louisville and a former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, will receive the eighth annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity, named after the former UK and Browns coach.

The official induction ceremony weekend will take place in Louisville with a ring ceremony on Friday, June 19, followed by a golf-outing fundraiser at Covered Bridge, and the awards banquet at the Brown Hotel on Saturday, June 20.

Proceeds will support the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Norton Kosair Children’s Hospital and its Brave Hearts, a support group of local families united by their children’s fight for life after being born with complex congenital heart defects that require heart surgery.


Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame adds 5

February 1, 2013

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the names of
this year’s five inductees Friday during a press conference at the Brown Hotel in Louisville.

The five are Irv Goode, Coy Bacon, Otis Wilson, Chad Bratzke and Roman Oben.

In addition, the Kentucky Hall plans a new approach to the induction activities on Friday, June 28. Included will be a ring ceremony, Game Day Live Preview at Fourth Street Live – a free, public event on June 27 that will offer a taste of Game Day Spectacular, the official induction ceremony for this year’s honorees, to be held at the Louisville Palace. The induction ceremony will also feature a presentation of the Blanton Collier Award to brother/head coaches John (Baltimore Ravens) and Jim (San Francisco 49ers) Harbaugh, and their father Jack.

Tickets for the ceremony will cost $25, $50 and $75 and will be available online at a future date.

The Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville was chosen as this year’s beneficiary. Over the years, numerous football players have sustained spine and brain injuries, making the choice of the organization a natural fit as well as a personal one, according to Frank Minnifield, executive director of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This year, Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame member George McAfee will also be honored during the Game Day Spectacular induction ceremony. McAfee was born in Corbin and played college football at Duke. He played running back for the Chicago Bears (1940-1941, 1945-1950). Nicknamed “One-Play McAfee” he was known for explosive speed.  He died in 2009.

Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong and Kentucky counterpart Mark Stoops will serve as event co-chairs.

Also, the 2012 All Commonwealth Collegiate Team was announced at the press conference, including Defensive Player of the Year Zack Autenrieb, and Offensive Players of the Year Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, and Larry Warford of Kentucky.

The 2013 inductees to the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Irv Goode
Goode was born in Newport and played college football for Kentucky. Drafted into the NFL in the first round in 1962, he played guard for the St. Louis Cardinals (1962-1971), Buffalo Bills (1972) and the Miami Dolphins (1973-1974). He was a Super Bowl champion with the Dolphins in 1973.

Lander McCoy (Coy) Bacon
Bacon was born in Cadiz and played defensive line at Jackson State. Drafted into the NFL in 1968, he played for the Los Angeles Rams (1968-1975), San Diego Chargers (1973-1975), Cincinnati Bengals (1976-1977), Washington Redskins (1978-1981) and the USFL’s Washington Federals (1983). He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1972, 1976 and 1977.  Bacon was inducted into the American Football Association’s Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. He is being inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame posthumously.

Otis Wilson
Wilson played linebacker for Louisville after transferring from Syracuse. He was drafted in the first round of the 1980 NFL draft and played for the Chicago Bears (1980-1987) and Los Angeles Raiders (1989). He won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1985 Bears. That same year, he made the only Pro Bowl selection of his career, and was a featured soloist of the “Shuffling Crew” in the Bears video “The Super Bowl Shuffle.” He is the father of former Cincinnati Bengals running back Quincy Wilson. Otis Wilson was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Chad Bratzke  
Bratzke played for Eastern Kentucky University. He was named Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Kodak All-American.  Selected in the fifth round of the 1994 draft, he played 10 seasons in the NFL, five for the New York Giants (1994-1998) and five for the Indianapolis Colts (1999-2003). He signed as unrestricted free agent for the Giants on March 1, 1999. He was born in Waukegan, Ill.

Roman Dissake Oben
Oben played offensive tackle for Louisville, and was also a three-year letterman in track and field. He was picked in the third round of the 1996 NFL draft, and played for the New York Giants (1996-1999). He went on to play for the Cleveland Browns (2000-2003), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-2003) and San Diego Chargers (2004-2007). He was the starting left tackle on Tampa Bay’s 2002 Super Bowl  champion team. Oben has been inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fames at Gonzaga College High School, Fork Union Military Academy and the University of Louisville.