SEC Media Days: Commissioner invites Kentucky players who broke the color barrier to SEC title game

07/10/2017 01:23 PM

SEC Media Days kicked off this morning with a press conference from league commissioner Greg Sankey. During his opening remarks, Sankey touched on the story of former Kentucky football player Nate Northington. Northington became the first African American to play a football game in the SEC in 1967.

Sankey praised Northington’s courage and bravery, and also honored Wilbur Hackett, Houston Hogg and Greg Page, three African American football players who were teammates at Kentucky with Northington. All four were trailblazers in integrating sports in the SEC. Kentucky honored them before the 2016 season with the unveiling of this statue outside the team’s training facility:

Sankey has invited Northington, Hacket, Hogg and representatives of Greg Page’s family to the SEC championship game on Saturday, December 2 in Atlanta.

Here’s the statue unveiling last summer. It was a special moment for the University of Kentucky:

Clayton Abernathy

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