Jan 31, 2014 10:18 AM
The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its 2014 inductees today at a news conference at the Frazier History Museum. They are:
NAME/HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE NFL TEAM
Lewis Sherman, Louisville KY Dupont Manual ‘60; Michigan St. ‘64; SF 49'ers '83-91; Coach GB Packers '92-‘99; Min Vikings '00-‘01; Det Lions '02-04
Elvis Dumervil, Miami, FL Miami Jackson ‘02; Univ. of Louisville ‘02; Den Broncos '06-‘12; Player, Linebacker Balt Ravens '12-Pres
Larry Seiple, Allentown, PA William Allen ‘63; Univ. of Kentucky ‘67; Player, Wide Receiver Mi Dolphins '67-‘78; Coach Det Lions '80-'84; TB Bucs '85-‘86; Mi Dolphins '88-‘00
Mark Clayton, Indianapolis, IN Cathedral ‘79; Univ. of Louisville ‘'83; Mi Dolphins '83-‘92; Player, Wide Reciever GB Packers ‘93
The football team from Centre College in Danville, KY was also named as a 2014 inductee to the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dr. John Roush, President of Centre College, who was on hand for the news, takes great pride in Centre's nationally-recognized Division III program of today and is equally thrilled to celebrate Centre's great football history.
"We take delight in remembering that Centre was, in fact, a national power in collegiate sports between 1917 and throughout the 1920s," says Roush. Bo McMillan and several of his teammates were among the best football players in the country during that time, and Centre's 1921 team of C6HO fame stands as an important part of the College's story as a place where ‘extraordinary things' occur on a regular basis," adds Roush.
The official induction ceremony weekend will take place in Louisville, KY with a ring ceremony on Friday June 19 followed by a golf outing fundraiser at Covered Bridge and the awards banquet at the Brown Hotel on Saturday, June 20.
Lexington businessman Frank Minnifield (Henry Clay H.S., University of Louisville walk-on, and former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns 1984-1992) will receive the 8th annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity, named after the famous UK and Cleveland Browns coach. The award recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding integrity both on and off the field. Minnifield, who is 54, started and grew a successful homebuilding business. He was the first African American executive on the Lexington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and elected Chairman of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees in 2011.
"Frank Minnifield lives out our father's belief you can accomplish anything so long as you do not care who gets the credit, which explains why he was so surprised to be nominated for this award," says Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin, daughter of Blanton Collier, speaking for her family, the Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group and the KY Pro Football Hall of Fame Board. "Frank is a visionary and humanitarian who almost single-handedly created the KY Pro Football Hall of Fame to benefit children in the Commonwealth."
Proceeds from the 2014 Kentucky Hall of Fame Inductee Awards and Golf Outing that weekend will support the Children's Hospital Foundation, Norton Kosair Children's Hospital and its Brave Hearts, a support group of local families united by their children's fight for life after being born with complex congenital heart defects that require heart surgery.
"The Children's Hospital Foundation is grateful for the support being given to the children in our community by the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame," said Lynnie Meyer, MSN, R.N., CFRE, executive director of the Children's Hospital Foundation. "Kosair Children's Hospital offers the region's only pediatric congenital heart center, and treats more than 400 children a year with heart defects. Many have endured multiple heart surgeries, heart transplants and an array of other related medical procedures. With the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame's help, we can give more of these kids the help they need
"The main objective of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame, Inc. is to offer financial assistance to organizations that enrich the lives of children," says Dr. Steve Parker, who serves on the KY Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors. "Our organization is excited about joining with the Kosair Children's Hospital, whose purpose is to increase the quality of life for children, from Kentucky and throughout the world."
The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame is also forming a partnership with Louisville's Frazier History Museum. From April 19-August 31, the Frazier will be home to GRIDIRON GLORY: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A portion of the 5,000 square foot special exhibition on the history of the NFL will be devoted to talented Kentucky athletes who helped make professional football great. The KY Pro Football Hall of Fame's Frank Minnifield serves as a key volunteer advisor for GRIDIRON GLORY on local content and the museum's outreach to high school students throughout the Commonwealth.
"At the Frazier History Museum we embrace every facet of history and work to bring it all to the public; whether the story is part of pop culture, a serious event like war or a collection of fine art," says Dr. Madeleine Burnside, Executive Director of the Frazier History Museum. "Grid Iron Glory fits right in at this museum where we continue to bring you a seemingly quirky, yet very strategic diversity of special exhibitions from DaVinci to Samurai to Princess Diana. We believe that sports, particularly NFL football, is every bit a part of the thousand years of the world history on display in our galleries; a rich history we treasure with the football fans of Kentucky."