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Chuck Hayes, Not Keldon Johnson’s Dad, Joins Kentucky’s vs. Pre-Vanderbilt Shootaround

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A scout sitting in the stands for tonight’s game between Kentucky and Vanderbilt is familiar face for most folks across the Big Blue Nation. I say “most” because I am not one of them.

UK Athletics Hall of Famer Chuck Hayes stopped by Memorial Gymnasium this afternoon to watch the Wildcats prepare for the Commodores. While Coach Cal’s Cats got up some shots, the Houston Rockets pro player personnel scout stopped to snap a picture with another UK Hall of Famer, Mike Pratt.

For those who were not around, or do not fondly remember the Kentucky basketball program from 2001-05, Chuck Hayes was THE man. He was only 6-feet 6-inches tall, but he was the biggest player on the court. One of the scrappiest, hardest workers to every wear Kentucky blue and white, he served as inspiration for thousands across the Commonwealth, teaching kids that you don’t have to be tallest or the most athletic to make your dreams come true.

I was one of those kids. Chuck Hayes was my favorite player. More than ten years later I met him and made a complete ass out of myself.

Hayes’ appearance on the UK sideline is the perfect opportunity for me to share with you the most embarrassing moment of my life. That morning at McDonald’s All-American practice is a painful and humbling reminder. Let my pain be your pleasure. Prepare to point laugh before you read my story from that fateful day in 2018.

Chuck Hayes, and the Most Embarrassing Moment of my Life

 

Article written by Nick Roush

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

6 Comments for Chuck Hayes, Not Keldon Johnson’s Dad, Joins Kentucky’s vs. Pre-Vanderbilt Shootaround



  1. trumpetguy
    6:05 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    This dude is the definition of tenacity! Cal would have loved him.



  2. notFromhere
    6:42 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    Could’ve been a hall of fame TE in Canton had he played football, imo. Absolutley a favorite



  3. notFromhere
    7:52 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    Nick,
    To be fair, Chuck Hayes WAS old enough to have an 18 yr old son in 2018. Doubt it makes you feel much better, but it had to be said



    • notFromhere
      7:53 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      You did a great job recovering and getting the story. Very impressed that you did that, AND told the story so well.



  4. Basteballer
    9:34 am February 12, 2020 Permalink

    “A scout sitting in the stands for tonight’s game between Kentucky and Vanderbilt is familiar face for most folks across the Big Blue Nation. I say “most” because I am not one of them.

    UK Athletics Hall of Famer Chuck Hayes stopped by …”

    Then:

    “I was one of those kids. Chuck Hayes was my favorite player.”

    This doesn’t make sense. It implies that the scout’s face was not familiar to you (“I am not one of them”) but then you say he was your favorite player.