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Derrick Ramsey named Secretary of Labor

Congratulations to former UK quarterback Derrick Ramsey, who was named Kentucky Secretary of Labor this afternoon by Governor Matt Bevin.

Ramsey, of course, was part of the vaunted 1976 Kentucky team that won the SEC Championship and Peach Bowl. In 1977, he was named first team All-SEC and third team All-American after leading the Cats to a 10-1 record and a #4 ranking in the AP poll. If that wasn’t enough athletics, he also played a few basketball games as a walk-on. Ramsey went on to play in the NFL for nine years as a tight end for the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders.

Since his playing days, Ramsey has held positions as athletic director for Kentucky State, Director of Development and Community Relations at UK, and most recently, athletics director at Coppin State. He’s also dabbled in politics, serving as Kentucky’s Deputy Secretary of Commerce in 2004.

Congrats, Derrick. Make us proud in Frankfort. We’ll toast you with these highlights from your playing days:

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15 responses to “Derrick Ramsey named Secretary of Labor”

  1. KTower

    Way to go Mr. Ramsey…….you make the BBN very proud!

  2. somerset bill

    congratulations, mr. secretary. his wikipedia page has been seriously neglected, cause it basically says uk, nfl, coppin state.

  3. Jaxson

    Good luck Mr. Ramsay! BTW, what’s with the crazy star in the middle of the field at Commonwealth in the video? Was that a bicentennial thing?

    1. Jaxson


    2. Gitback Coach

      Yep, I remember that funky star midfield. That was the ’76 (Peach Bowl) season.

  4. Duuuuuude

    He was a man. I loved watching him play.


    Thank you KSR for posting the video… this one makes into my top 10 UK football videos! Man, he brought the lumber on a couple of guys at the 5:54 mark. Best wishes to you in you new position Mr. Ramsey.

  6. Irememberharrylancaster

    Gosh….I sure miss those POWER K helmets…

  7. plumloopy


    Qualifications? Does anyone care?

    1. Angelo

      He liked to stroll around naked in Kirwan tower…


    KY Deputy Sec of commerce, Director of community Relations at UK, Two high level executive positions at small/ medium-sized universities. …that is just from the above. Perhaps more.

    1. CATandMONKEY

      Reply to 7. Apologies.

  9. Sentient Third Eye

    I believe Ramsey is the first African American to ever hold Kentucky’s Secretary of Labor position. Congrats!

  10. mcmermaid

    Loved watching Derrick play and Cawood calling the game. “Ramsey………hit at the line………..gain of six”.

  11. Gitback Coach

    A former UK sports star in a high-level state government position? What could possibly go wrong?