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Former Wildcat great Dermontti Dawson elected to NFL Hall of Fame

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In 2003, Dermontti Dawson was elected to the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Nine years later, he can add another to his list of football accomplishments.

On Saturday, Dawson, an All-Pro for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his fourth time on the ballot as a finalist.

He went on to NFL stardom following a UK career that saw him play guard from 1984-87. He was a member of the 1984 Wildcat team that went 9-3 and won the Hall of Fame Bowl. As a senior, he was named All-Southeastern Conference and graduated from the UK College of Education the following spring.

He would switch to center after being drafted in the second round in 1988. He started every game at the position from 1989-98 and was a Pro Bowler seven times and an All-Pro six.

Since retiring, he has returned to his native Lexington, serving on the UK Board of Trustees and the UK Athletics Board.

Dawson will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio, when he will become the second Wildcat to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, joining quarterback/kicker George Blanda.

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