Sad news to pass along on this Friday. Daviess County native and former UK football player Houston Hogg has died.

Hogg's contributions to football off the field were ground-breaking. He and three other UK players, Greg Pate, Nate Northington, and Wilbur Hackett, helped break the color barrier not only at Kentucky but also in the SEC.

Hogg graduated from Daviess County High School in 1967 and he went on to play at running back from 1967-1970 for the varsity Wildcats team.

A statue outside Kroger Field in Lexington commemorating Hogg, Pate, Northington, and Hackett was dedicated in 2016. In 2017, the quartet received Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award at that year's SEC Championship game, making the 50th anniversary of Northington becoming the first African-American to play in an SEC varsity football game. A documentary about the quartet Black in Blue debuted at a program hosted by the Foundation for Daviess County Public Schools.

Hogg recently served as the Grand Marshal of the Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade. In 2018, he was inducted into the Owensboro's Walk of Fame. Hogg's plaque at the Judicial Center is located on the south side of Second Street commemorating him as one of Owensboro's most outstanding citizens.

Kentucky's home season opener against Toledo last year was Houston Hogg Day and he served as an honorary captain for the Cats, who won the game

Hogg was 71. Arrangements are pending.

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