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2014 Pro Football HOF Enshrinement Ceremony Sunday News and Views

H/t Kirby Lee | USA TODAY

H/t Kirby Lee | USA TODAY

H/t Kirby Lee | USA TODAY

The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony was tonight. (Wow. That’s a mouthful to say isn’t it?). The speeches were highlighted by lots of laughing and crying and the older players reminding the crowd they had waited decades for this, so they will go over their 10 minute time allotment (as they should). This year’s class is a diverse group with seven legends being inducted into the HOF in Canton, OH. Some you may know, some you may not, so here is a player-by-player break down:



Derrick BrooksLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In 14 seasons of playing for Tampa Bay, Brooks made it to the Pro Bowl 11 times, showing he was truly a fan favorite. In fact, he was so involved with his community, he won the 2000 Walter Payton Man of the Year award. He was drafted alongside Warren Sapp, 2013 inductee, and together the two helped form the foundation for one of the scariest defenses of recent history. He was a Super Bowl champion, 2002 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year and he never missed a game in his entire career.

Ray GuyPunter, Oakland Raiders
Yes, Punter. The first in the HOF, actually. Everyone laughed when the Raiders drafted him in the first round of the NFL draft, however over 14-years he proved his excellence and went down as one greatest punters in NFL history. They say patience is a virtue, and that is true in this case. Guy spent two-decades waiting to be inducted and finally it paid off after being considered seven times.

Claude Humphrey DE, Atlanta Falcons/Philadelphia Eagles
Although the general NFL fan base might not know him that well, any true Falcons fan knows everything about this player from the late 60s and 70s. Humphrey stunned the world after returning from a knee injury sustained in 1975 after a one year retirement, in an era in which that would have been career ending. With 13 NFL seasons spent with mostly the Falcons, he had 122 career sacks (unofficially since they didn’t have sacks as a stat back then), was first-team All-Pro twice and made six Pro-Bowl appearances.

Walter Jones OT, Seattle Seahawks
In his 12-year career with the Seattle Seahawks, he was named a Pro-Bowler nine times, named first-team All-Pro four times, and he was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000’s. He only gave up 23 sacks in 180 games, fewer than two a year.

Andre ReedWR, Buffalo Bills
In 16 NFL seasons with over 950 catches, four Super Bowl and seven Pro Bowl appearances, Reed has missed the mark for the HOF for each of the past seven years. In the playoffs alone, Reed caught 85 passes for 1,229 years and he ranks fifth all-time in postseason receiving yards. Reed will join quarterback Jim Kelly (who is currently fighting cancer and made me cry when he was introduced at the enshrinement) and running back Thurman Thomas. This completes the “K-Gun” offensive players in the HOF.

Michael Strahan DE, New York Giants
Known best for his hosting position on Live with Kelly and Michael (kidding), Strahan ended his career just a short 6 years ago, with a Super Bowl win with the Giants (it seems like just yesterday) in which they beat the undefeated Patriots. Over 15 seasons, all with the Giants, he racked up 141.5 sacks, placing him fifth of all time. His 22.5 in 2001 alone is the NFL record for a single season. He made the Pro Bowl seven-times and was the 2001 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.

Aeneas WilliamsCB/S, Arizona Cardinals/St. Louis Rams
Over seasons divided between the Cardinals and Rams, Williams was named to eight Pro Bowls, three All-Pro first teams and was named a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1990s. His name might not come up often when talking about the best cornerbacks of the NFL (after a career that began by playing with a not so great team in the desert), Williams was known more for the impression he left with his fellow players.

“He was smart, instinctive, and you always had to be aware of where he was. If I had success against Aeneas during the week in practice, it gave me confidence on Sunday. But, more important, he was a great man and for what he was able to bring to our locker room in terms of leadership, humbleness, work ethic. He challenged guys on an everyday basis to get better on the football field, but not only on the football field. He challenged them to get better as a young man and get better at life. -Torry Holt

Welcome to the Hall of Fame and thank you for your dedication to the sport!






Now (finally) on to today’s news and views:


Damien Harris put UK in his top 5
The #1 running back and the 24th best player in the class of 2015 (according to 247sports) trimmed his list down to five schools and Kentucky made the cut (I know I make typos every now and then, but that is not one of them). The other choices include Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Texas A&M.



Doral Moore receives an offer from UK
The seven-foot, four-star player from Georgia had Kentucky listed in his top five back in mid-July along with Illinois, Florida, Ohio State and Wake Forest. However, apparently he didn’t even have an offer yet.  As Matt said on the show a few days ago, it is hard to know who has and who has not actually received an offer since the coaches cannot talk about it. The 247sports’ Crystal Ball says there is a 50% chance we will get him. Here are some highlights to hold you over for now:



Montaque Gill-Caesar picks Missouri
Whatever. I am not bitter or anything. The four-star recruit is reclassifying to the class of 2014 and will be going to play for the Tigers who recently added his Huntington Prep coach, Rob Fulford, as a staff member. Matt just talked about hiring coaches/parents on the show last week, but what do you think? Is it a low blow to hire someone a player is close to as a way to recruit the player?



SBNation says Cousins > Plumlee
At least someone gets it. The writer said there are no good reasons to take Mason Plumlee over Cousins. It is nice to hear someone outside of BBN say it. This is what they had to say about that:

“While Plumlee brings some unique traits to the table, including more lateral athleticism and a special bond with the head coach, any logical analysis of the situation says this would be a bad decision. Cousins is simply a better basketball player than Plumlee, without being redundant to other pieces on the roster.”



Paul George says he is finnnnnne

After a serious injury last night, George underwent a l emergency surgery for a compound fracture of both his tibia and fibula. They are estimating he will be back in 6 to 8 months, but as someone who has had this same type of injury (not in the same way) I can tell you it will not be an easy one to come back from. Prayers for George’s healthy return.



The twins are in town. No, not those ones.
Four-Star twins, Andrew and David Dowell were on campus today. Andrew is the 25th best Running Back and David is the 15th best Safety. It looks like the two are a packaged deal as they both withdrew their commitments from Northwestern last week. SEC foe Vanderbilt is leading the hunt, according to 247sports. However, this is nothing a weekend on UK’s campus cannot fix. #WhyNot?


The basketball players dress like they are normal people

players out

Amazing isn’t it? It is like they are normal people like you or me!




Article written by Courtney Hessler

Ashley Judd is my spirit animal. Follow me on twitter at: @Hessler_KSR

20 Comments for 2014 Pro Football HOF Enshrinement Ceremony Sunday News and Views

  1. Saturday
    11:13 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Damien Harris put out his top 5 list on Friday. How is it on Sunday’s news and views? Oh wait, this is KSR, isn’t it?

    • BookersBoner
      12:41 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

      Wake up

    • Bradley
      6:23 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

      Your deep seeded hate stems from a lack of UK basketball love – sucks to be you!

  2. Ron
    11:47 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Glad to see them spending time outside of the gym together. Team building! Any teachers follow me on twitter @maier_154.

  3. GR
    11:55 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    As far as hiring coaches/parents to get a recruit, I suppose we are guilty. Bob Chambers was at UK for four years with Derrick Hord as I recall. Think that was 79 – 83

  4. jw
    12:35 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

    I know small guard play can be helpful aka (napier and walker) but Tyler Ulis is small. It’s gonna be interesting to see if his size will be a liability at times.

  5. BookersBoner
    12:39 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

    You have to be impressed with Booker…

  6. Not Val Kilmer
    12:43 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

    It’ll come down to Ohio St. and UK most likely. This process seems similar to the Matt Elam recruiting process. A high profile UK recruit with little interest in UK likely to go to an Out of state powerhouse. Then, all of a sudden, Stoops and Co. Work their magic and somehow UK is not only in the hunt, but one of the schools on the top of the list. Hopefully this time results in another big Yahtzee!

    • Not Val Kilmer
      12:44 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

      I meant to type Kentucky recruit instead of UK recruit

    • CatsBalls
      12:36 pm August 3, 2014 Permalink

      Huge difference from the #30 DT to the #1 running back. It would require a bluegrass miracle to get this kid. He is OSU bound, and trolling the BBN just like George and his baby gator.

  7. rollincat
    1:25 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

    if we offered moore means skal labissiere is going overseas or to memphis, and/or were not getting stephen zimmerman. i think its great another caulie stein.

    • Bertway
      6:35 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

      I agree. Have been thinking the same thing about Moore ever since it was reported that he has has high interest in the cats a few months back. Seems like a carbon copy of Cauley-Stein with the possible exception that he is already further not developmently than Stein was at this point in high school. I’d gladly take this kid, and let him join Lyles & Lee.

  8. Casper
    1:26 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

    Dermontti Dawson!!! HOF. 2012. UK Lexington

  9. Kevin C.
    6:32 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

    “No not those ones” ? What are you, 12?

  10. DT in DC
    7:52 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

    I have intentionally avoided the clips of George’s injury. Does it look at nasty as Ware’s was?

    • CatsBalls
      11:14 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

      Pretty much the exact same, but without the bone sticking out of his leg. I wouldn’t recommend watching if you are the squeamish type.

  11. Simeon Mars
    9:25 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

    Remember me?

    • cincicat
      11:13 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t forget we hired Tubby Smith just to get Saul. And Eddie to get Sean. It’s a freaking epidemic.

  12. H. Crosy
    12:21 pm August 3, 2014 Permalink

    Do you guys do any research whatsoever before writing some of these articles? This would have taken about 2 seconds to pull up.

    “In addition to getting to know Wagner and his family, Calipari persuaded Wagner’s best friend and teammate, Arthur Barclay, to commit to Memphis. He also gave Wagner’s father, Milt, a job.”

  13. tyrus
    4:30 pm August 3, 2014 Permalink

    …normal people like me and you. I’ll send you photo my friends standing in a parking lot and it will get posted?