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ESPN Shares Nate Northington’s Story

Fifty years ago today, Nate Northington broke the color barrier in the SEC.  To celebrate the historic occasion, ESPN’s Maria Taylor traveled to Lexington to hear what it was like to take the field under such difficult circumstances.

After the piece aired on College Gameday, Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard said he had never heard Northington’s story until today.  With ESPN’s help, hopefully it will no longer be a mystery.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for ESPN Shares Nate Northington’s Story



  1. W.C.
    1:32 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    For the benefit of folks who don’t recognize all the people in this fifty fear old photo, they are from left, Gov. Ned Breathitt, football coach Charlie Bradshaw, ?, and UK president John Oswald. Someone else may ID the other man. . ,



  2. MegatonRange
    2:12 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure the other guy is Jim Gray, Northington’s HS coach at Thomas Jefferson HS in Louisville.



  3. 4ever_thankful
    2:15 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    None other than my uncle Jimmy Gray, R.I.P.