[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Evening Everyone! This week’s Fun Facts post is about some of our great hall of famers… try to guess who each of them are.
Q: Which famous UK basketball player, inducted into the Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011, said that when he visited Louisville back when he was making his college choice it felt like it was a “commuter school”?
A: King Rex Chapman. Rex played two years at UK and was drafted into the NBA where he played for 12 seasons before retiring.
Q: Which former University of Kentucky offensive lineman who spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts and the Chicago Bears, was inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame?
A: Dan Neal, who is originally from Corbin, Ky. blocked for the NFL’s all time rushing leader Walter Payton.
Q: Which 2007 Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame inductee was the number two scorer in UK basketball history, was a two-time All American and helped lead his team to the Final Four?
A: That would be Kenny “Sky” Walker. Sky spent seven seasons in the NBA with the Knicks and the Washington Bullets and played professionally in Europe and Japan, too.
Q: Which former UK center was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993?
A: Dan Issel. He also holds the all-time scoring record with 2,138 points. Enough Said.
Q: Which women’s baller was inducted into the charter class of the UK hall of fame in September 2005?
A: Who else but UK great, Valerie Still? When Still’s jersey was retired in 2003, she became the first female letter winner in any UK sport to have her jersey retired and is still the leader among any and all Wildcats, men or women, for career scoring and rebounding.
Q: Which former UK basketball Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and two-time All- American has a baseball field named for him at the University of Kentucky?
A: If you know anything about the University of Kentucky at all, you know that this is Cliff Hagan. The baseball stadium at UK, formerly Bernie A. Shively sports center, was renamed in honor of Hagan in 1993.
Q: Speaking of fields and stadiums named after famous UK alums; which Naismith Hall of Famer has the honor of having the football field named after him?
A: C.M. Newton. Only in Kentucky would you have a football field named after one of our basketball greats; but then again, he was also the athletic director at UK for a while too.
Q: Which Pro Football Hall of Famer played pro football for 26 seasons(longer than any other player) and was also known for his last-minute heroics in five straight games in 1970 at the ripe age of 43 with the Oakland Raiders?
A: 1981 inductee, George Blanda. Sadly Mr. Blanda passed away in 2010, at 83. During his tenure at UK, Blanda played under legendary coach Bear Bryant.
Q: Speaking of Pro Football Hall of Famers, which one was recently honored at the University of Kentucky football homecoming game against Georgia?
A: Dermontti Dawson. Dawson holds the second team record for most consecutive games played (170) and is tied for third for the most seasons (13), with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Q: So far, in the history of UK Basketball, we have had six players (not including coaches) inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Who are they?
They are, in order of year inducted:
Cliff Hagan- 1977
Frank Ramsey- 1981
Dan Issel- 1993
C.M. Newton- 2000
Pat Riley- 2008
Adrian Smith- 2010
That’s not including coaches that have been inducted or Cawood Ledford, who received the Curt Gowdy broadcast award in 1994.
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