Ex-Morehead, NFL great Simms leads Kentucky Hall inductees

Former Morehead State quarterback Phil Simms and former Kentucky lineman Lou Michaels head a class of six inductees announced Friday to the 2011 class of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Simms and Michaels will be joined in the Hall by former Louisville and current Arizona Cardinals defensive back Kerry Rhodes; ex-Kentucky State and NFL cornerback Rod Hill; and former Western Kentucky and NFL linebacker Dale Lindsey.

After leaving Morehead State, Simms led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles during a 15-year NFL career.

Michaels, an All-American at Kentucky who also excelled as a place-kicker, went on to play 14 years of pro football with the Rams, Steelers, Colts and Packers.

The Hall also will posthumously honor George Blanda, a quarterback and place-kicker for UK under Paul "Bear" Bryant who went on to play a record 26 years in pro football.

The ninth annual induction ceremony will take place June 24 at Lexington Opera House.

Kentucky is the only state to have its own Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Herald-Leader Staff Report