Friday, June 18, 2010
Happy (early) Father's Day
By Chris Low
In celebration of Father’s Day Sunday (and a shout out to all the fathers out there), here’s a look at some of the players in the SEC with famous dads and players who are legacies at their schools:
Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas: Jay Bequette played center at Arkansas under Lou Holtz from 1980-82 and is now a well-known attorney in Little Rock. Four members of the Bequette family have played for the Hogs. Jake’s uncle, Chris, played in the mid 1980s and his grandfather, George, played in the mid 1950s.
Jeff Blake, Auburn receiver Emory Blake's father, was a Pro-Bowl quarterback for the Bengals and retired with the Bears.
John Brantley, QB, Florida: John Brantley III played quarterback at Florida in 1977 and 1978 and led the Gators in passing during the 1978 season.
Jabo Burrow, OG, Vanderbilt: Mike Burrow was an All-SEC offensive lineman at Auburn in 1978 and was drafted in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills.
Drew Butler, P, Georgia:Kevin Butler is one of the most decorated place-kickers in college football history and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was a two-time All-American at Georgia and played for both the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals professionally, ending his career with 1,208 points -- the sixth most in NFL history among kickers.
Jessel Curry, LB, Auburn: Buddy Curry was a two-time All-Pro linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons and named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1980. Curry played at North Carolina.
T-Bob Hebert, C, LSU:Bobby Hebert, nicknamed the Cajun Cannon, was a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the Atlanta Falcons in 1994 and 1995 and led the New Orleans Saints to their first playoff appearance prior to that in 1991. Hebert is still as popular as ever in New Orleans and does a radio talk show in New Orleans on WWL, the Big 870.
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama:Mark Ingram Sr. was an NFL wide receiver who played for 10 seasons in the league and four different teams. He was one of the heroes for the New York Giants in their Super Bowl XXV victory over the Buffalo Bills with his memorable catch and run on a third-and-13 play.
Greg Meisner, FB, Kentucky: Greg Meisner played 11 seasons in the NFL as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. Meisner played collegiately at Pittsburgh and was a senior on that talent-laden 1980 team that produced seven first-round draft choices and three Pro Football Hall of Famers.
Jared Mitchell, WR, Ole Miss: Stump Mitchell played eight seasons in the NFL as a running back for the St. Louis Cardinals. His best season came in 1985 when he rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He’s also been an assistant coach in the NFL and takes over in 2010 as the head coach at Southern University.
Morgan Ogilvie, QB, Alabama: Major Ogilvie was a fixture in Alabama’s wishbone offense in the late 1970s. He scored 25 career touchdowns and was a part of two national championship teams while playing under the legendary Bear Bryant.
Nick Reveiz, LB, Tennessee:Fuad Reveiz was a kicker for 11 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings, and kicked a school-record 71 field goals during his career at Tennessee. He kicked a 60-yarder against Georgia Tech during the 1982 season.
Sam Robey, C, Florida: Rick Robey was a two-time All-American in basketball at Kentucky and one of the stars on the Wildcats’ 1978 national championship team. He went on to play professionally for the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns.