Kentucky football has a much richer history than many realize and with the passing of George Blanda last week and now Ralph Kercheval this week, that fact has been brought to life. Kercheval passed away this week at the age of 98, the oldest living professional football player in America. Kercheval played at Kentucky and was known for his booming kicks, before going to play for the football Brooklyn Dodgers. He played for the Dodgers until World War II, when he joined the Army and served throughout the war. Afterwards, he became a horse trainer, most famously for Native Dancer, a horse with 22 lifetime starts and only one loss, a heartbreaking second in the Kentucky Derby. Kercheval was born in 1911 in Salt Lick, Kentucky and died in Lexington yesterday at the age of 98.
Another proud part of UK football tradition to celebrate and our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends.