This afternoon, the University of Kentucky announced its 2020 Hall of Fame Class, with Ron Mercer (men’s basketball), Wayne Turner (men’s basketball), Danny Trevathan (football), AJ Reed (baseball), Sawyer Carroll (baseball), and Chanda Bell (softball) all set to be inducted into the UK Hall of Fame this fall.
Not long after the announcement went public, the UK football social media team posted a video of the moment Trevathan – who played at Kentucky from 2008-11 and became a two-year All-America linebacker – learned he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart welcomed him to the Zoom video call before surprising the former Wildcat with the news that he was officially set to become a Hall of Famer.
“There’s 15 folks,” Barnhart told Trevathan. “There’s five of our alumni from all sports, five staff members, and five of our media members. They take a list of nominees of folks that have had incredible, elite-level careers at Kentucky, and they work their way through the list. At the end of that time, they all vote on a group of folks and try to get it down to five or six people a year that we will induct into the University of Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.
“You were selected as one of the six people that have been put in the Hall of Fame this year.”
“Man, get out of here!” Trevathan said.
“I’m serious!” Barnhart responded.
“They set me up! [laughs] That’s what’s up, man,” Trevathan said. “I don’t even know what to say. That’s better news than what I heard today! Wow.”
Watch the entire exchange below:
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) May 7, 2020
From 2008-11, Trevathan became a two-year All-America linebacker and was the first All-America linebacker in school history. He was chosen National Linebacker of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards after monster senior season in which he totaled 143 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, five caused fumbles and five pass breakups. Trevathan led the SEC in tackles as a junior and senior, earning first-team All-SEC honors both years. He was a first-team All-America selection as a junior with 144 stops on the year.
After a star career at Kentucky, Trevathan was selected in the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, where he led the team in tackles two years, advancing to the Super Bowl in both of those seasons, including one Super Bowl championship.
And now, he’s officially set to be inducted into the UK Sports Hall of Fame.