Former University of Kentucky coach Blanton Collier and ex-UK tackle Warren Bryant are among five new inductees who will enter the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday.
The 2016 class, the Kentucky hall of fame’s 14th, also includes former Kentucky State defensive end Council Rudolph, former Eastern Kentucky safety Myron Guyton and former Louisville safety Ray Buchanan.
Induction weekend begins with a ring ceremony Thursday at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion beginning at 7 p.m. On Friday, the Hall of Fame, in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of the Bluegrass, will host a Pee Wee NFL Combine at the Salvation Army on Main Street starting at 8 a.m. The induction ceremony at the Lexington Opera House on Friday begins at 7 p.m., following a red carpet reception that starts at 5:30.
During the induction ceremony, former UK player and U of L coach Howard Schnellenberger will be honored with the 10th annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity. Special honoree Dermontti Dawson, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, will be in attendance. The 2016 All Commonwealth Team will also be recognized during the ceremony.
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Proceeds from the induction ceremony and related activities will support the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of the Bluegrass.
Collier, from Millersburg, Paris High School and Georgetown College, coached UK from 1954-61 and is the last Wildcats coach to post a winning career record (41-36-3) at Kentucky. He went on to coach the Cleveland Browns. He died in 1983.
Rudolph, from Anniston, Ala., played in the NFL for the Houston Oilers, St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1970s.
Bryant, who played at UK from 1973-76, went on to an NFL career that included stops with the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Raiders.
Guyton, from Metcalf, Ga., played for the New York Giants and New England Patriots in the 1990s.
Buchanan, from Chicago, played for the Colts, Falcons and Raiders in a career that ended in 2004.