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Former UK Great Larry Seiple is Joining the KY Pro Football Hall of Fame


A snapshot from the play that inserted Seiple (32) into Kentucky folklore. (@UKFootball)

A snapshot from the play that inserted Seiple (32) into Kentucky folklore. (@UKFootball)

Before the reign of golden eyes’ Randall Cobb, before Stevie Got Loose and before Derek Abney broke returning records, there was Larry Seiple.  One of Kentucky football’s most dynamic playmakers will be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight in Louisville.

Seiple played a little bit of everything for coach Charlie Bradshaw from 1964-66.  Primarily a wide receiver, Seiple caught 72 passes for 1,422 yards during his time at UK, where he also lined up at running back, returned kickoffs and punts, and averaged just shy of 40 yards per-punt as the team’s 4th down quarterback.  He became a staple of UK football folklore for one of his (botched) punts.  In 1965 against Ole Miss, the Cats were backed up deep in their own territory on a 4th and 41.  Instead of trying to just get the punt to the sticks, Seiple took off down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown.   

Seiple’s status as an excellent playmaker (he had 4 receptions for 70+ yards) earned him a legendary spot in the NFL.  Legendary isn’t a hyperbole: Seiple won two Super Bowls during his 11 years and was a member of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins, the NFL’s last undefeated team.  Don’t think the 7th round pick was just another scrub; Seiple led the Dolphins in receiving in 1969.

Seiple’s story is a great one that many have probably never heard.  After this weekend, I may have a few more to tell.

UPDATE

Watch the the black and white footage of Seiple’s 70-yard fake punt, coupled with Cawood’s call.

 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 responses to “Former UK Great Larry Seiple is Joining the KY Pro Football Hall of Fame”

  1. paducahfan

    Who can name the other players? Was 73 Sam Ball?

  2. Deacon

    I was at that game at old Stoll Field. That’s when Ole Miss was a real national power house under Coach Johnny Vaught. Crowd just went wild. Seiple really looked as though he was going to punt and he just took off down the sidelines. Exciting!

    1. phillbilly2000

      I was at that game too. I remember the crowd going wild. Better days ahead!

  3. HillbillyInBC

    Seiple had a legendary run from punt formation for the Dolphins in the 1972 AFC championship game vs the Steelers. Helped preserve the only undefeated season in NFL history.

  4. GraBeardCat

    Congrats to Larry, and well-deserved! I also saw that game, and is one that most people there remember. No. 73 IS Sam Ball, who played for the Colts when t hey were in Baltimore. Rick Tucci is No. 63, Calvin Withrow is No. 54, Frank Antonini is No. 47 and J.D. Smith is No.86. That team also included Bob Windsor, Doug Davis, Rick Kestner, Roger Bird, and Rick Norton,

  5. Familiar Stuff

    Am I the only one that read “4th and 41” and instantly thought “yea…. that’s about right”….. Hopefully much better things ahead with Stoops!

  6. Brandon

    Tom Leach would have NAILED that call…

    1. Mickey Smith

      I heard Cawood do the call and it went like this:

      4th and 41 and Seiple is back to punt from the 8 yard line.
      No, he is going to run
      He’s up to the 20, the 30, the 40 the 50
      Now he’s at the 40
      HE’S GOT THE FIRST DOWN.
      He’s at the 20 the 10.
      Touchdown!!!

      Classic statement about Kentucky Football and Cawood that he wanted to mark the first down, even though Larry was wide open and gone by then.

  7. citycat

    I too was at Stoll Field sitting in the end zone towards which Seiple was headed. One of the most fun times in my Wildcat watching career.Congrats to Larry.

  8. sincitycat

    Thanks for the replay and I was there and remember the gasp from the Stoll Field crowd when he took off…wow!!!

  9. willie t

    Man I miss Cawood

  10. Mickey Smith

    On the other hand there was the Bernie Scruggs “run” from our 2 to the other 2 and then we didn’t score.