A well-known figure around the Kentucky Football program passed away yesterday.
Steve Ortmayer, a former UK Football assistant head coach under Rich Brooks, passed away yesterday at the age of 77.
Ortmayer spent 40+ years in football coaching, spending 2003-2009 at Kentucky. He started his career at the University of Colorado in 1967 with stops in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and Green Bay Packers.
He won two Super Bowl rings with the Oakland Raiders as a special teams coach.
After some time as a front office executive in the NFL, Ortmayer returned to coaching to join his friend Rich Brooks in Lexington, where he was assistant head coach while coaching special teams and tight ends.
Even after finishing his coaching career, Ortmayer remained in Lexington and involved with the UK Football program. He frequently joined Tom Leach on his daily radio show to discuss Kentucky Football.
Rest in Peace to a great representative of the Kentucky Football program, and a man who was well-respected at each stop in his long and illustrious career.
Tweet of the Day
I cannot overstate how much Steve Ortmayer meant to Kentucky football when @UKcoachbrooks rebuilt the program. During a time in which we were undermanned, he consistently created special teams advantages for the Wildcats. He was a GREAT coach ... https://t.co/JIb1rQh7cF— Tony Neely (@tneel) March 10, 2021
Jacob Tamme and Rich Brooks talk about what Ortmayer meant to the program.
I agree completely.
Davis is drawing comparisons to Darius Leonard.
Two second-rounders and a fourth.
Several well-known figures from the 90s and 2000s listed here.
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