There’s been so much talk lately about the Hall of Fame. This post isn’t about that. It’s about safety Kerry Rhodes getting his own ticket into the Hall of Fame. One for pro football too, although it’s not like he’ll have a bust next to Russ Grimm. That’s impossible, since Rhodes is still playing. No, this is for the pro football Hall of Fame in Kentucky (which is, notes the press release, the only state to have its own pro football Hall).
Rhodes, who played in college at Louisville, will be inducted in a ceremony June 24. Also in the class is former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Phil Simms, who played collegiately at Morehead State.
“It was a pretty big deal,” Rhodes said.
The Hall was started in 2003, and already has former NFL dignitaries like former Cardinals coach Buddy Ryan (who lives in Kentucky), Steelers center Dermotti Dawson, Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander and Falcons center Jeff Van Note.
“We’ll have our little enshrining moment,” Rhodes said with a smile. “I thought it was pretty cool, actually.”
From the press release about the Hall class: “KERRY RHODES is an Alabama native who played college ball at the University of Louisville, where he was one of the greatest defensive players ever to play for the school. He was drafted by the New York Jets, and was ranked #29 of the top 500 players in the NFL by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 2007. He is currently with the Arizona Cardinals. He is known both for his work for others through his foundations, (The Rhodes Foundation to address the Reaffirming the Hopes of Dream endearing scholars IN America’s most impoverished neighborhoods) and for his fashion sense, infectious personality and TV presence.”
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