LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame today announced its 2016 inductees and a slate of June events 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 23rd at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, and golf outing fundraiser at a golf course to be determined and the induction ceremony at the Lexington Opera House on Friday, June 24th.
“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 2016 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 VanFossen, 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 for 2016 are:
Blanton Collier, Millersburg, Kentucky
Coach, Paris High School, Georgetown College, Cleveland Browns ’46-’53 & ’62-’70
Council Rudolph, Anniston, Alabama
Player, Defensive End, Kentucky State University, Houston Oilers ’1972, St. Louis Cardinals ’73-’75, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’76-’77
Warren Bryant, Miami, Florida
Player, Tackle, University of Kentucky, Atlanta Falcons ’77-’84, Los Angeles Raiders ’84
Myron Guyton, Metcalf, Georgia
Player, Safety, Eastern Kentucky University, New York Giants ’89-’93
New England Patriots ’94-’95
Ray Buchanan, Chicago, Illinois
Player, Cornerback, Safety, Proviso East High School, University of Louisville, Indianapolis Colts ’93-’96, Atlanta Falcons ’97-’03, Oakland Raiders ’04
Legendary Coach Howard Schnellenberger will receive the 10th 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.
Schnellenberger, who is 81, began his award winning coaching career in 1959. Since then he has gone on to win one Sun Belt championship and one college football national championship. He was also named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year in 1983. Schnellenberger has also coached in the NFL.
“Coach Howard Schnellenberger has been one of the most significant figures in football for many years - not only from the state of Kentucky, but in the nation. As a coach, he has been a motivator and a teacher of men, sending over 100 players to the National Football League. He has saved two college football programs and launched a third. He continues today as Ambassador at Large for Florida Atlantic University.
The Collier family is delighted that one of the nation's finest and the recipient of the 2016 Blanton Collier Award for Integrity On and Off the Field was named first team All- American while playing for our dad, and also served as a member of his staff at the University of Kentucky.” said Blanton Collier’s daughter Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin, speaking for her family, the Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group and the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Board. “We are proud to honor him as the 2016 recipient of the Blanton Collier Award for Integrity on and off the field.”