Thomas Ray "Tommy" Simpson, a captain on the 1960s University of Kentucky football team known as "The Thin Thirty," died Monday in his hometown of Lebanon at age 76.
Simpson was a letterman on Kentucky's 1960, 1961 and 1962 squads. He was team captain as a senior in 1962 and received UK's 110 percent award.
He later coached football at Lebanon High School.
The 1962 UK team became known as The Thin Thirty in reference to the number of players left on the squad by the time the season began. First-year coach Charlie Bradshaw introduced a brutal pre-season training regimen that led to almost 60 players quitting the team.
Simpson was one of Bradshaw's few defenders.
"I know a lot of people had a lot against him, because of some of the things that he did," Simpson said of Bradshaw upon the coach's death in 1999. "But I really believed in Coach Bradshaw."