By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky quarterback Paul Karem of Louisville will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM) from 7:30-8 a.m. Thursday to talk about UK’s recent unveiling of a statue to honor the first four African-American football players at Kentucky in the late 1960’s.
The four — Greg Page, Nate Northington, Houston Hogg and Wilbur Hackett — were all Karem’s teammates at UK and he’s been on a 20-year crusade to have Kentucky honor the four. Why it took 50 years for UK to understand the significance of what these four men did is still mind-boggling to me — and Karem.
Karem was there Sept. 22 for the unveiling of the sculpture by J. Brett Grill memorializing the four pioneers and making sure the sacrifices they made to break the racial barrier at UK and in the SEC will not be forgotten.
Karem faced a lot of frustration in his quest to have the four honored. He did it not for personal recognition, but because he knew it was the right thing to do.
He’ll share stories about the saga as well as what teammates went through 50 years ago to be part of Kentucky football.
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Thursday night at Mallard’s former UK center Dave Hopewell, Estes and intern Olivia Prewitt will join me for our regular Thursday night UK show on WKYB (107.5 FM). In addition, McDowell Place resident Chigger Flynn will join us to add his insights as guest host and several McDowell Place residents will be in the audience with us.
We will talk about what lies ahead for UK football — and maybe even a little Big Blue Madness talk.
But we will also be joined by Judy Griffin, the mother of UK freshman defensive back Jordan Griffin. She had a Twitter battle earlier this week with some disgruntled UK fans and her perspective is certainly worth hearing. She will join us via phone from Georgia at 6:30 p.m.