John Henson at the Harlan Daily Enterprise put together a nice piece on former UK quarterback, KSR contributor and recent inductee to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, Freddie Maggard.
The article includes memories of Maggard’s career at Cumberland High School in Harlan County where he garnered 12 varsity letters in three sports and led the Cumberland football team to two state championship game appearances all while garnering All-State honors as a quarterback and defensive back in 1986.
Not content to just be a football star, Maggard was a four-year starter and All-State selection as a pitcher and center fielder for the Cumberland High School baseball team. He posted a 28-1 record, a .400 career batting average and led Cumberland to three consecutive regional championships.
Maggard talks about his time at UK and the tough decision of choosing between baseball, where he had been drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1986, and football at Kentucky.
“I earned my starting position, but then I had my first shoulder injury and missed baseball, and then it was over. What drove me to UK is that I grew up in Kentucky, the university offered me a free education to play football and it was my obligation to play at the university. Maybe that’s old-fashioned, but that’s what I thought.”
Maggard said his intent with the Hall of Fame was to pay respect to the community and people who had gotten him to that point.
“I felt uncomfortable receiving an individual award for something I thought should have been presented to the community, but it was humbling and a great experience, something I will never forget. It’s an award and honor I will cherish the rest of my life.”
It was an award well-deserved Mr. Maggard.
You can read the full article here.