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Tommy Simpson, member of Kentucky's 'Thin Thirty,' dies at 76

1962 HERALD-LEADER STAFF PHOTO. Nine UK football seniors are the anchor for
the 1962 team posing here in August 1962.  The team would start practicing under new Coach Charlies Bradshaw for the September 22nd season opener against Florida State at Stoll Field. Bottow Row: (left to right) Jerry Woolum (17), Clarkie Mayfield (26) and Gary Steward (20). Top Row: (left to right) Tom Hutchinson (80), Dave Gash (87), Tommy Simpson (88), Junior Hawthorne (71), Tommy Brush (73) and Red Hill (61).  Negative T.2283 - September 1, Lexington Herald, page 6.                                                                                                           The John C. Wyatt/Lexington Herald-Leader Photograph Collection.   Historical photograph, Black & White photo only.
1962 HERALD-LEADER STAFF PHOTO. Nine UK football seniors are the anchor for the 1962 team posing here in August 1962. The team would start practicing under new Coach Charlies Bradshaw for the September 22nd season opener against Florida State at Stoll Field. Bottow Row: (left to right) Jerry Woolum (17), Clarkie Mayfield (26) and Gary Steward (20). Top Row: (left to right) Tom Hutchinson (80), Dave Gash (87), Tommy Simpson (88), Junior Hawthorne (71), Tommy Brush (73) and Red Hill (61). Negative T.2283 - September 1, Lexington Herald, page 6. The John C. Wyatt/Lexington Herald-Leader Photograph Collection. Historical photograph, Black & White photo only. UK Special Collections/H-L

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."

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