Updated 2 years ago by Alan Cutler
The Kentucky Chapter of The Kentucky Chapter of National Football League Players Association Hall announces their new class of 2011.
The 2011 Inductees of the hall include players who represent the sport during 5 decades. There are six new members.
Representing 2000, Kerry Rhodes of University of Louisville and the Arizona Cardinals.
From the 1990's, Phil Simms, representing Morehead State University and the New York Giants.
From the 1980's, Ron Hill, Kentucky State University and the Dallas Cowboys.
From the 1970's, Dale Lindsey of Western Kentucky University and the Cleveland Browns, and from the pre-1970's, Lou Michael's of the University of Kentucky and the Baltimore Colts.
In addition, in keeping with their practice of honoring Kentuckians who have been installed in the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, the KY NFL HOF will posthumously honor George Blanda, "The Grand Old Man" who played 26 seasons of professional football, the most in the sport's history, and scored more points than anyone in history at the time of his retirement. Blanda was a quarterback and place kicker for the University of Kentucky under Paul "Bear" Bryant.
KERRY RHODES is an Alabama native who played college ball at the University of Louisville, where he was one of the greatest defensive players ever to play for the school. He was drafted by the New York Jets, and was ranked #29 of the top 500 players in the NFL by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 2007. He is currently with the Arizona Cardinals. He is known both for his work for others through his foundations, (The Rhodes Foundation to address the Reaffirming the Hopes of Dream endearing scholars IN America's most impoverished neighborhoods) and for his fashion sense, infectious personality and TV presence.
PHIL SIMMS was born in Springfield, Kentucky a nod played college ball at Morehead State. He was drafted by the New York Giants, becoming a two time pro bowl selection, two time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and National Football League Most Valuable Player. Perhaps most familiar today as a member of CBS's lead broadcast team, he has also appeared on CBS Daytime and on such shows as THE PRICE IS RIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS.
ROD HILL was born in Detroit, Michigan and played football at Kentucky State College. HE was a cornerback in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Raiders. After his NFL career he played five seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and still holds the career interception record by a player for that franchise.
DALE LINDSEY grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky and signed a grant-in-aid at the University of Kentucky under Blanton Collier. When Collier moved to Cleveland to coach the Browns, Lindsey transferred to Western Kentucky University where he starred on the WKU undefeated 1963 team that won the Tangerine Bowl. He was drafted in 1965 by the Cleveland Browns, where he played from 1965 to 1972. After his playing career he coached for several NFL teams including the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Tamp Bay Buccaneers, and San Diego Chargers.
LOU MICHAELS: was born in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania who was an All-American at the University of Kentucky as a stand-out lineman. He played pro football for 14 years, with the Los Angeles Rams, the Pittsburg Steelers, the Baltimore Colts and the Green Bay Packers. He also excelled as a placekicker, and was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1962 and 63 seasons.