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2 with UK ties inducted into Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Former Kentucky coach Blanton Collier and offensive tackle Warren Bryant were inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend.

Collier, who served as Kentucky’s coach from 1954-61, compiled a 41-36-3 career record, winning SEC Coach of the Year honors in 1954. He was fired after eight seasons, then went on to win the 1964 NFL Championship with the Cleveland Browns during his eight-year tenure there. He died in 1983 at the age of 76.

Bryant, who played four seasons with the Wildcats from 1973-76, helped guide Kentucky to one of the best seasons in program history in 1976, when it earned a share of the SEC title with Georgia. He was drafted sixth overall in the 1977 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, where he played for seven seasons. He spent the final year of his career with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1984.

Collier and Bryant were among the five inductees in the 2016 class, its 14th overall. Former Kentucky State defensive end Council Rudolph (Houston Oilers, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), former Eastern Kentucky safety Myron Guyton (New York Giants, New England Patriots) and former Louisville safety Ray Buchanan (Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders) were the others.

Former Kentucky player and Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger, who was honored with the 10th annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity, and former Kentucky center and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dermontti Dawson, who was a special honoree, also were at the Friday induction ceremony.

Kentucky is the only state with a pro football hall of fame.

(You can follow Kevin Connell on Twitter @_KevinConnell)

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