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By LARRY VAUGHT
Freddie Maggard and Andy Murray are two former Wildcats who remain Kentucky fans and regularly attend games. Maggard, who lettered from 1989-1991, lives in Lawrenceburg and Murray, who lettered from 1986-1989, in Independence.
Question: What things would you tell current players that might help them?
Murray: “I think the best advice is to believe in your teammates and coaches and not let the outside noise get to you. I also told them (the captains) in the captains’ breakfast this year that they need to take some ownership in this thing as well. They need to be the example for all of this new young talent coming into our program.”
‘“These new players will learn how to practice and prepare themselves based on the veterans work habits. I asked the captains if they were leading in a positive way, or were they just trying to make it through the process. When you talk about winning and tradition, that is why the great programs have success year in and year out. Someone, at some point, taught everyone involved in the program how to work and how to win. They established a mark/bar that you never wanted to find yourself below. Finding yourself below that mark meant you did not sustain the winning ways. When we get that from the older members of this team, we will win.”
Maggard: “That they are not alone, names on the back of the jerseys may change, but the stories are generationally common. Take Morgan Newton, I had the same shoulder surgery my junior year and had to deal with the rehab and pain to fight back. I understand what he’s going through. Take advantage of the C.A.T.S Center and the resources available to earn their degree which is a must in today’s environment. Choose a post-football career that you are passionate about. A career is for a life-time and much different than having a job for 30 years.”