Kentucky’s 2016 football poster features four players who helped break the color barrier both at UK and in the SEC.

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Kentucky’s 2016 football poster features four players who helped break the color barrier both at UK and in the SEC.

By Larry Vaught

Kentucky’s preseason football schedule calendar honors four players — Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg — who helped not only integrate UK football but also the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky deputy athletics director DeWayne Peevy is especially proud of that as well as the statue that will be unveiled Sept. 22 outside the new training facility honoring the four.

“It has been great talking to the families and the guys and letting them share their stories with our staff and current players and letting those players see what those four did for them,” Peevy said. “It lets them understand the opportunities they have now and not to waste them.”

Peevy has only been at UK eight years. He had no idea why it took from 1966 when Northington and Page broke the color barrier to 2016 — 50 years — for UK to honor what they did for college athletics.

“Maybe this was just a great time to do it. If you wait so long, then you want make it worth the wait,” Peevy said. “We have a new training center ready to open. I think we have done it the right way to honor these men now. Nate and Greg are already in the (UK) Hall of Fame. A lot of things have built up to this.

“I am proud that everyone was on board with this. These men and their families are very appreciative of what Kentucky is doing and it is comforting to know we are doing the right thing. It might have been a little late, but it is not too late.”

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