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Former UK Defensive Lineman Rick Abren Needs Your Help


One of Kentucky’s best needs the Big Blue Nation’s help.

Hopkinsville native Rick Abren signed to play at Kentucky when the Cats were on probation.  The defensive tackle came to Lexington when the program was at one of its lowest points, and left with a Music City City Bowl victory.

Following his playing career, tragedy struck.  He left his non-profit position to provide for his five children as a flatbed truck driver.  In the middle of a trip, he stopped to visit a friend in Tallahassee.  During the visit, he fell from a second-story balcony.  The fall fractured his spine and left him paralyzed from the belly button down.

Last night the Kentucky football team invited Abren and his family to Kroger Field.  Keenan Burton, Derek Abney and other former Wildcats are trying to build a new home for Abren, one that is wheelchair accessible so that the difficult daily tasks can once again become routine.

You can donate to Abren’s family by texting “Urban Hope” to (77977) or by visiting

“Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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