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Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Class

Posted at 7:52 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 19:52:52-05

(Lexington, Kentucky) – The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame is celebrating its 17th Induction Class slated for June that will benefit the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Bluegrass in Lexington.

The official induction ceremony weekend will take place in Lexington, Kentucky, with a ring ceremony on Thursday, June 20th at a location to be determined and a golf outing fundraiser at Kearney Hills Golf Links and then the induction ceremony at the Lexington Opera House on Friday, June 21st.

“Kentucky is the only state in the country with a pro football hall of fame,” said Dr. Steve R. Parker, chair of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame, Inc. board of directors.  “We’re in a unique position to recognize great accomplishments in football, but also have as our main objective to offer financial assistance to organizations that enrich the lives of children.”

Proceeds from the 2019 Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and golf outing will support the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Bluegrass.  “We, at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, are excited about the opportunity to join with the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame to enhance our ability to impact youth in our community.  The Kentucky Pro football Hall of Fame consists of highly motivated, highly successful individuals who have a passion for investing in kids, just like we do.  We believe this opportunity will allow us to increase and improve the numerous activities we make available to our Club members every day and also allow our Club members to meet and be inspired by some of their heroes.  We thank the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame for this opportunity and look forward to all that we might accomplish together for the youth of Lexington” said Scott Van Fossen, Executive Director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Bluegrass. 

“We’re excited about our relationship with Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Bluegrass whose purpose is to increase the quality of life for children from Kentucky and throughout the world, “said Parker.

Being inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019 are: 

NAME/HOMETOWN

HIGH SCHOOL

COLLEGE

NFL TEAM

Lou Michaels

Swoyersville (PA)

Kentucky

Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers (1958-1971)

David Carter

Western KY University

Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints (1977-1985)

Joe Johnson

Jennings (MO)

Louisville

New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers (1994-2003)

Champ Bailey

Charlton County (GA)

Born Ft. Campbell, KY

Georgia

Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos (1999-2013)

Corey Peters

Central (KY)

Kentucky

Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons (2010-present)

 

The legendary Jim Host will receive the 13th 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.  Mr. Host is an American businessman best known for founding Host Communications, a pioneering collegiate sports marketing and production services company. Host is credited with implementing the first collegiate corporate marketing program with the NCAA in 1985. He later became commissioner of the Kentucky department of parks and, as founding Chairman, helped to start the Kentucky Horse Park. In 2010, the Kentucky Horse Park hosted the World Equestrian Games (WEG) and from 2006 to 2009 Host served as the Chairman of the WEG. 

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the launch of the official first annual All Commonwealth Team Tour.  Members of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame will visit Kentucky college and university football games to recognize members of the All Commonwealth Team.  The Kentucky Collegiate All Commonwealth Team is a pre-season recognition award for football players attending a Kentucky college or university.  The purpose of the award is to promote college football in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and to appropriately honor those players whose leadership on the field and in the classroom demonstrates the potential leadership in the game of life.  The members of the Kentucky Collegiate All Commonwealth Team will receive their awards during the induction ceremony on June 21st. 

 

Sponsorship packages for the 2019 Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony and golf outing as well as golf teams are currently available through the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame at 859-276-3488.  Tickets for the ceremony will be available online in May at www.kyprofootballhof.org.

Mission Statement. The purpose of the KY Pro Football Hall of Fame is to appropriately honor persons that

have brought significant recognition to the state of Kentucky.

 

About the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Bluegrass

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets.  An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision.  Young people need to know that someone cares about them.  Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all the while having fun.  It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.