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Wildcats to be Inducted into Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame

Three former University of Kentucky Wildcats will be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Tonight Wesley Woodyard, Guy Morriss and Tommy Bell will be honored at the Lexington Opera House.

Woodyard will be inducted into the Hall of Fame while he’s still playing.  Entering his fifth season with the Tennessee Titans and his tenth year overall, last year he was a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.  Also a member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, Woodyard helped the Cats win a pair of Music City Bowls under Rich Brooks and has been named a team captain at every level of football.

Morriss is most well-known for turning a two-win team into a seven-game winner with Jared Lorenzen back in 2002, but the former UK head coach is being honored tomorrow for his accolades in the NFL.  A 15-year veteran, he played on the offensive line in New England and started at center in Super XV for the Eagles.  Morris briefly returned to the local high school ranks but had to put down the whistle as to battle Alzheimer’s.

Tommy Bell has an undergraduate and law degree from UK.  He participated in UK radio broadcasts, served on the athletics board and Board of Trustees.  Tomorrow night’s recognition is for his 15 years as an NFL referee.  A two-time Super Bowl participant, Bell is the only person to ever officiate a Super Bowl and an NCAA Final Four.

Four current Wildcats — Benny Snell, C.J. Conrad, Josh Allen and Darius West — will also be honored during the ceremony as members of the All-Commonwealth Team.  Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ceremony are still available at


Article written by Nick Roush

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