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Jamie Vaught: Lexington native, Cleveland Browns legend Frank Minnifield building business back home

Remember Frank Minnifield? One of the top players in pro football many years ago, he is a Cleveland Browns legend who grew up in central Kentucky. Minnifield, who now has several business ventures in the Lexington area, played for the Browns during the 1980s and early 1990s. He was a three-time All-NFL choice by the Associated Press. In addition, the four-time Pro Bowl selection has been nominated...

Jamie Vaught: Former Browns’ star Green ‘blown away’ by selection to Kentucky Football Hall of Fame

If you are a true pro football fan, you probably have heard of Ernie Green. As you may recall, Green was one of several standouts who helped head coach Blanton Collier and the 1964 Cleveland Browns capture the coveted NFL championship during the pre-Super Bowl era. It was Green, a halfback who did a lot of blocking for legendary running back Jim Brown, and quarterback Frank Ryan (who several months...

Bob Gain, one of UK’s greatest football players, passes away at age 87

Bob Gain, one of the greatest players in the history of University of Kentucky football, passed away Monday in Willoughby, Ohio, at the age of 87. Gain was a stalwart offensive and defensive lineman at UK from 1947-50 under Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Also a placekicker, he still holds the school record for most extra points in a game when he made 10-of-10 in a win over North Dakota in 1950. Bob...

Billy Reed: Football musings — hoping the Browns become winners again and I can find a b&w television

I see the Cleveland Browns have hired another new head coach, their eighth since 1999, and I want to wish Hue Williams all the luck in the world because he will certainly need it. His first item of business will be to do something with wacko quarterback Johnny Manziel, the erstwhile Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M who seems bent on self-destruction. I’ve never been much of an NFL fan –...

Jamie Vaught: Blanton Collier overcame hearing barrier to become successful coach

When I was a very young kid growing up in Science Hill, Ky., my dad and I would watch professional football games on Sundays on a black-and-white television during the pre-Cincinnati Bengals days. And the NFL’s Cleveland Browns were on television a lot. I remember my dad would often tell me, saying their head coach is from Kentucky and UK should have kept him. Blanton Collier guided the legendary...

Five former UK football players sign NFL contracts as undrafted free agents

Five former University of Kentucky football players who were not selected in the 2011 draft have found NFL homes following the end to the league’s lockout.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Running back Derrick Locke signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Mike Hartline signed with the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver Chris Matthews signed with the Cleveland...