Tight end Jacob Tamme took his spot in University of Kentucky lore this tonight when he was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame.
Tamme is a Danville, Kentucky native who played for the Cats From 2004-07. In his college career, he hauled in 1,417 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
In his senior year, Tamme caught a career-high 619 yards and six touchdowns. That season, he also helped the Cats take down the No. 1 ranked and eventual national champion LSU Tigers by catching a touchdown in the 43-37 win.
Tamme went onto be a fourth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2008 NFL draft. He played in Indy for four seasons. The first three seasons, Peyton Manning was his quarterback.
He appeared in his first of four Super Bowls in the Colts Super Bowl 44 loss to the Saints. He then followed Peyton Manning to Denver where he helped the Broncos reach super bowl 48 and take home Super Bowl 50.
His last two years were spent with the Atlanta Falcons. In the final year of his career (2016), he suffered a season-ending injury but was on the Falcons roster that reached Super Bowl 51.
Despite a career full of success at both the college and NFL level, Tamme said being inducted into the UK hall of fame may have been his most significant accomplishment yet.
“This probably means as much to me more than any accolade I’ve ever been given.”
Tamme also talked about being a Kentucky native, and the athletes he looked up to.
“Being a Kentucky kid who grew up here pretending to be Jeff Sheppard, Tim Couch and Jamal Mashburn in the backyard, this is really really special to get thought of in such a way by UK.”
On top of talking about the honor, Tamme spoke about what he sees in the current Wildcat team that’s 3-0 heading into a huge game Saturday night.
“It’s been an exciting start to the season so far. About 10 years ago now, we were able to start to chip away at some of the things that Kentucky hadn’t done in a while, and now this Kentucky group has taken another step.”
As for a prediction for tomorrow’s clash with No. 14 Mississippi State, Tamme had a Cats win.
“Cats win, 28-24. We’ve been playing so good. This is going to be our toughest physical test yet.”
I asked the newest University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Famer for a prediction on tomorrow’s game. pic.twitter.com/7UzayyXCKa— Aaron Gershon (@agershon99) September 21, 2018
Will see if Tamme’s prediction is accurate tomorrow. Tonight, Jacob Tamme is officially a University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Famer.