Happy Friday, BBN! These are your Wildcat quickies. Kentucky unveiled their statue to commemorate the four players who broke the SEC football color barrier, Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg.
The statue is located between the new football facility and Commonwealth Stadium, and weighs around 3,500 lbs., according to UK Athletics.
The bronze statue is intended to commemorate the four players for their bravery and courage in breaking the color barrier, and Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart made it clear how proud Kentucky is to call these four Wildcats.
“No four players in our program’s history have better demonstrated the values of courage, determination and selflessness than Nate, Greg, Wilbur and Houston,” Barnhart said.
The group started playing for Kentucky about five decades ago, as Northington and Page stepped foot on campus 50 years ago, with Hackett and Hogg joining them the next year.
What these four did for football in the south has changed the game forever. Their courage and bravery to break the barrier has led to 50 years of continued diverse excellence in SEC football.
Tweet(s) of the Day:
The statue that will forever honor Wilbur Hackett, Houston Hogg, Greg Page and Nate Northington. pic.twitter.com/FzXkCNSAMi— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 22, 2016
Wilbur Hackett, one of tonight's honorees in the unveiling of statue for SEC Trailblazers, talked to a captivated team after practice. pic.twitter.com/zNxTljQwtn— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 22, 2016
A closer look at the statue just outside the front door of Kentucky's football facility: pic.twitter.com/hmajXXNZd2— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 22, 2016
Kentucky players who broke SEC color barrier know efforts have not gone in vain - SEC Country
It’s been 50 years since Northington and Page first arrived at UK. Hackett and Hogg followed a year later. Three were back on campus Thursday night to witness the unveiling of a 3,500-pound bronze statue depicting their younger selves.
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