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Tim Couch being inducted into National High School Hall of Fame

Couch is regarded as one of the greatest high school athletes of all time.

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Former Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Tim Couch will be one of seven athletes inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame on Thursday, July 1st in Orlando, Florida.

The induction ceremony will take place at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando and will be streamed here live on the NFHS Network beginning at 6 pm ET.

The NFHS will also conduct a press conference with the hall of fame class at noon on July 1st, also to be streamed on the NFHS Network.

During his football career at Leslie County High School in Hyden, Kentucky, Couch set three national career passing records – 872 completions, 12,104 yards and 133 touchdowns. He led Leslie County to a 13-1 record as a junior while completing 75% of his passes – a national record that stood for 15 years.

As a senior, Couch threw for 42 scores and led his team to an 11-3 mark. He was named Gatorade and USA Today National Player of the Year while earning Mr. Football honors in Kentucky.

ESPN selected Couch the sixth-best high school athlete in history.

Couch was equally dominant on the basketball court. He scored 3,023 points in his career, leading the state in scoring as a senior at 37 points per game. He was two-time all-state in basketball.

At Kentucky, Couch threw for 8,159 yards and 73 scores in his final two seasons. He led Kentucky to the Outback Bowl after his junior season and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Couch went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft via the Cleveland Browns. He went on to throw for 11,131 yards and 64 touchdowns in his five years with the Browns.

Couch will become the 10th individual and just the fourth athlete from the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the NFHS Hall of Fame.

Other athletes joining Coach in the 2021 class are Dave Logan of Colorado, Matt Holliday of Oklahoma, Alex English of South Carolina, Karyn Bye of Wisconsin, Maicel Malone of Indiana and Michele Smith of New Jersey.

In addition, three high school coaches will be inducted: Cross-country coach Rickey Baker, basketball coach Charles Berry, and soccer coach Terry Michler.

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