UK's Still named to CFB Hall of Fame

Art Still, who helped spearhead one of college football's best defenses of the 1970s during his time with the Kentucky Wildcats, has been named to the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Friday by the National Football Foundation.

“It’s humbling to be selected because I didn’t do it alone,” said Still, who earned All-American honors at defensive end in 1977 in leading UK to a 10-1 record and a No. 6 national ranking. “It’s a compliment to all the guys I played with and the coaches.”

The Camden, N.J., native played for the Cats from 1974-77 under Fran Curci. Kentucky posted a 19-4 record during his career and won a share of the SEC championship in 1976, a season that was capped with a dominant 21-0 victory over North Carolina in the Peach Bowl. That UK squad allowed nine or fewer points in seven games.

Still finished his career with 327 tackles. Quarterback sacks were not an officially-recognized statistic at that time, but he was credited with 22 tackles for loss in 1977, which remains the program's single-season record.

After his UK career, Still went on to an All-Pro career with the Kansas City Chiefs, setting franchise records for sacks in a season (14.5) and career (73). He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft behind only Texas running back Earl Campbell.

When asked his biggest thrill at Kentucky, Still said in a statement released by UK: “The sports side was nice but what I remember most are the relationships with my teammates and classmates. Where I came from in Camden, it was predominantly African-Americans and Puerto Ricans. (At UK) I learned how to deal with people from different environments, how to relate to people and treat people. We had players from all parts of the country and we learned to treat people the way we wanted to be treated.

"Teammates like Derrick Ramsey, Billy Williams, Mike Martin, Jerry Blanton, Dallas Owens. Coach Curci. (Strength coach) Pat Etcheberry, who set the foundation for discipline, weight training and speed. You take all those things – family, friends, teammates, coaches – and they made you a better person."

Still and his wife, Liz, live in Liberty, Mo. They have 11 children – four of whom are adopted – and 16 grandchildren.

Additional Wildcats in the College Football Hall of Fame include tackle Bob Gain (1947-50), quarterback Vito “Babe” Parilli (1949-51), end Steve Meilinger (1951-53), Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (1946-53), tackle Lou Michaels (1955-57) and Jerry Claiborne, who played at UK in 1946, ’48-49 and was head coach of the Cats from 1982-89. Bernie Shively, who was athletic director at UK from 1938-67 and was head coach of the Cats in 1945, was inducted to the Hall of Fame in recognition of his playing days at Illinois.

Still will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Dec. 8 in New York City during the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner.

2015 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS

Players:
TREV ALBERTS – LB, Nebraska (1990-93)
BRIAN BOSWORTH – LB, Oklahoma (1984-86)
BOB BREUNIG – LB, Arizona State (1972-74)
SEAN BREWER – DL, Millsaps (Miss.) (1989-92)
RUBEN BROWN – OT, Pittsburgh (1991-94)
WES CHANDLER – SE, Florida (1974-77)
THOM GATEWOOD – SE, Notre Dame (1969-71)
DICK JAURON – RB, Yale (1970-72)
CLINTON JONES – HB, Michigan State (1964-66)
LINCOLN KENNEDY – OT, Washington (1989-92)
ROB LYTLE (deceased) – RB, Michigan (1974-76)
MICHAEL PAYTON – QB, Marshall (1989-92)
ART STILL – DE, Kentucky (1974-77)
ZACH THOMAS – LB, Texas Tech (1992-95)
RICKY WILLIAMS – RB, Texas (1995-98)

Coaches:
BILL SNYDER – 187-94-1 (66.5%); Kansas State (1989-2005, 2009-Present)
JIM TRESSEL – 229-79-2 (74.2%); Youngstown State (1986-2000) and Ohio State (2001-10)


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