“We will recruit and develop players with NFL potential who can help us win consistently in the Southeastern Conference while earning their degrees from a great university. We look forward to adding many new names to the ranks of former Wildcat legends who are playing on Sundays.”
– Head Coach Mark Stoops
OVER THE YEARS, dozens of Kentucky Wildcats have gone on to play professional football, including 19 Cats who were on NFL rosters when the 2013 training camps opened.
UK’s current Cats in the NFL include Green Bay wide receiver/kick returner Randall Cobb, one of the league’s most exciting all-purpose players; Buffalo wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who has had multiple seasons with 1,000 receiving yards; and linebacker Wesley Woodyard, special teams captain of the Denver Broncos.
UK’s legacy includes a pair of NFL Hall of Famers – quarterback/kicker George Blanda, who became the all-time leading scorer in pro football history, and Lexington’s own Dermontti Dawson, who is considered among the greatest centers ever to play the game.
TWENTY-SEVEN WILDCATS have played for teams that advanced to the Super Bowl a total of 36 times. Most recently, Tim Masthay was the punter for the 2011 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers.
UK HAS HAD 15 PLAYERS selected in the first round of the NFL draft. In 1999, Wildcat quarterback Tim Couch was the first player selected.
RANDALL COBB (left) was chosen by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2011 National Football League Draft.
THE DETROIT LIONS selected UK All-American Larry Warford (right) in the third round of the 2013 draft and he quickly moved into contention for a starting role.