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UK Hall of Famer, former All-American Rodger Bird dead at age 76; played for Oakland Raiders in AFL

University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Famer Rodger Bird, an All-America halfback and member of a legendary family of Wildcats, has died at the age of 76 in Henderson. “Rodger Bird is a true Wildcat great and a Kentucky football legend,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK director of athletics. “We are proud to call him a UK Athletics Hall of Famer and thankful for all he and the entire Bird...

Jamie Vaught: Pineville native, former EKU star Madon getting his pro shot with Oakland Raiders

This week has been kind of hectic for former Eastern Kentucky University football standout Ben Madon, but that’s okay. While the Pineville native is graduating from EKU with a bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance, Madon is anxiously preparing for a rare opportunity to play in the National Football League. The Oakland Raiders have invited him to a rookie mini-camp tryout which is...

Pair of former Eastern Kentucky standouts receive invitations to NFL camps with Bengals, Raiders

Former Eastern Kentucky University football players Dy’Shawn Mobley and Ben Madon will get a chance to play in the NFL. Mobley, a running back from Powell, Tennessee, signed as a priority free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals. Madon, a tight end from Pineville, Kentucky, accepted a rookie minicamp tryout invitation from the Oakland Raiders. Dy’Shawn Mobley will get a tryout with the Bengals (EKU...