Greg Page will forever remain an important part of SEC football history as one of the University of Kentucky players who broke the color barrier in 1966. He, along with Nate Northington, enrolled at the university that year and played for the Wildcats freshman team.
Soon, Wilbur Hackett, the first African-American captain of a conference team, and Houston Hogg followed. They are remembered with statues outside of the Joe Craft Football Training Center next to Commonwealth Stadium.
Page passed away in 1967 after a car accident, but his family remains loyal to the Wildcats, and current Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman presented them with a painting of the statues entitled “MAKE A STAND.”
UK Offensive Line Coach John Schlarman, recruiting in Memphis this weekend and surprised Greg Page's family with the MAKE A STAND painting pic.twitter.com/tQz4hNSvib
— Greg Page (@GregPageUK) May 16, 2017
The statues were unveiled in September 2016 as part of the opening of the Wildcats’ new practice facility.
Northington, just one day after Page’s tragic death, became the first African-American to play in a SEC game against Ole Miss.