I’m just a young fellow, so when I hear about the exploits of talented Cats from years past, I’m always up to learning more about them. Today, I stumbled across the name Bob Gain. Gain was the only Kentucky player selected for the All-Time All-SEC team chosen by Big Lead Sports. He was chosen as one of five offensive linemen and it was noted that, in addition to being an Outland Trophy winner, he weighed 230 lbs as a tackle and handled place kicking duties for the 1950 Kentucky team that went 10-1 and beat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.
Gain’s UK ties give the Cats a spot on a list composed primarily of players from big name football schools. Alabama had seven players chosen, Georgia had five, Auburn had three and Florida, LSU and Tennessee had two each. That left Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Arkansas and Vanderbilt without any representative chosen. Furthermore, Gain was the oldest player selected for the All-Time All-SEC team, with a number of recent SEC stars making the list, including Tim Tebow, Andre Smith, Eric Berry and A.J. Green.
In addition to his All-Time All-SEC selection, Gain was selected for Sports Illustrated’s list of the greatest college football players by number. They chose Gain as the greatest player to ever wear the number 70.
I’m not old enough to debate any of the selections with any alacrity, but I’d like to hear what you guys think of the list. Is Tebow the best quarterback in SEC history?