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SEC reveals 2017 Football Legends; Northington to represent UK


The Southeastern Conference announced its 2017 SEC Football Legends class on Tuesday and Nate Northington will serve as Kentucky’s legend this year.

Northington will join 13 other stars from around the league to form the ’17 class, to be honored at the 2017 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Dec. 1-2 in Atlanta, Ga.  The group will also be introduced prior to kickoff at the SEC Championship, which will be held at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Read Northington’s UK bio from the news release:

KENTUCKY – Nate Northington, Defensive Back, 1966-67

Kentucky defensive back Nate Northington became the first African-American to participate in a varsity football contest in the Southeastern Conference on September 30, 1967.  2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the year Northington integrated SEC Football.  He and fellow African-American Greg Page entered UK in 1966 and were stars on the Wildcat freshman team.  They were expected to make major contributions to the varsity as sophomores; however, Page sustained a neck injury in practice in August 1967, and passed away in September. Northington played his first varsity game against Indiana on Sept. 23, 1967; one week later, he made his debut in an SEC game vs. Ole Miss. He eventually left UK but encouraged the team’s African-American freshmen, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg, to stay at UK and continue his and Page’s trailblazing legacy.

Meet the entire class:

ALABAMA – Gene Stallings, Head Coach, 1990-96
ARKANSAS – Dan Hampton, Defensive Tackle, 1975-78
AUBURN – Carlos Rogers, Defensive Back, 2001-04
FLORIDA – Danny Wuerffel, Quarterback, 1993-96
GEORGIA – Roland “Champ” Bailey, Defensive Back, 1996-98
KENTUCKY – Nate Northington, Defensive Back, 1966-67
LSU – Glenn Dorsey, Defensive Tackle, 2004-07
OLE MISS – Terrence Metcalf, Offensive Line, 1997, 1999-2001
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack, Offensive Line, 1997-2000
MISSOURI – Brad Smith, Quarterback, 2002-05
SOUTH CAROLINA – John Abraham, Outside Linebacker, 1996-99
TENNESSEE – Chad Clifton, Offensive Line, 1995-99
TEXAS A&M – Dave Elmendorf, Defensive Back, 1968-70
VANDERBILT – Don Orr, Quarterback/Safety, 1954-56

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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