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Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett, and Houston Hogg Statue
Greg Page same to UK at the same time that Northington did in 1966. Page was from Middlesboro and was an extremely close friend to Northington. This was only strengthened by being the only two African-American players on the team. Unfortunately, the night before he was supposed to take the field, Page passed away after succumbing to injuries that occurred in practice.
Wilbur Hackett, also from Louisville, made history two years later in 1969 when he became the first black team captain in SEC history in any sport. In 1970, Houston Hogg would join Hacket. They would go on to be the first black athletes to complete their eligibility in a major team sport in the UK. The statue is two commemorate these four men who were all a part of firsts for the SEC and UK.
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Ramsay, Guy. Statue Honoring SEC Trailblazers Unveiled. UK Athletics. February 14, 2017. Accessed July 02, 2017. http://www.ukathletics.com/news/unveiling-of-statue-honoring-sec-trailblazers-set-for-sept-22-09-15-2016.
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