Based largely upon its football success from 1917 through 1924, Centre College will be the first institution to be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame after having been announced among its 2014 class in a press conference Friday at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Ky.
The Hall of Fame selects an inductee in each class from the 2000s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s and pre-1970. Centre was recognized as this year's pre-1970 inductee for the success the football program had from 1917-1924 when it sent 14 players to the NFL. Specifically among that group, Bo McMillan, Red Weaver, Red Roberts and Sully Montgomery were named for having met the Hall's eligibility requirements.
Centre was the first national college football power in Kentucky, going 58-8-2 during the span from 1917-1924 and winning a national championship. Centre's most notable victory was its famous 6-0 upset of national power Harvard in 1921, but the Colonels regularly competed with and defeated the top programs in the nation throughout that eight year stretch.
"Centre College's current commitment in collegiate sport is to offer a nationally-recognized, Division III program that sponsors 23 sports; one that engages 42% of our men and women on intercollegiate teams," said Centre President John A. Roush. "Our teams continue to regularly win conference championships and qualify for post-season play. This said, we continue to take delight in remembering that Centre was, in fact, a national power in college sports at the highest level between 1917 and 1924 and beyond. Bo McMillan and several of his teammates were among the best football players in the country during that time, and Centre's 1921 team of C6HO fame stands as an important part of the College's story as a place where 'extraordinary things' occur on a regular basis."
Other 2014 inductees include Larry Seiple, Mark Clayton, Sherman Lewis and Elvis Dumervil with the annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity going to Frank Minnifield. The induction ceremony will be held June 19-20 in Louisville.