The four men who broke the SEC’s color barrier — Kentucky’s Nate Northington, Wilbur Hackett, Houston Hogg and Greg Page — will be honored at the SEC Championship Game in December, commissioner Greg Sankey announced Monday.
Sankey spent the majority of his opening statement at SEC Media Days discussing the impact the four Wildcats had on the conference.
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When Nate Northington entered a home game against Ole Miss on Sept. 30, 1967, he became the first black man to play in an SEC vs. SEC football game. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that monumental moment.
Three of those men who broke the color barrier were back in Lexington last fall for the unveiling of a 3,500-pound bronze statue depicting their younger selves: Hackett, Northington, Hogg and Page standing side by side just as they always did.
Page died one day before Northington broke the color barrier. More than a month before, he was paralyzed during a pursuit drill. Machines kept him alive for 38 days after that.
Sankey said Page’s family will be honored in Atlanta along with Northington, Hackett and Hogg.