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Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Inducts Luke Stocker and Four More Legends in 2024 Class

Luke Stocker who is a Madison Southern graduate is one of the newest members of the Kentucky Professional Football Hall of Fame.

The 2024 class was announced on Thursday and also included: Fred Lee Davis, Harry Douglas, Maurice Douglass and Jack Doyle – the late.

The only state here with a pro football hall of fame is Kentucky. It has 109 of its inductees who are one woman, Phyllis George Brown who is the first female sportscaster for the NFL.

” We also glorify our football legends, respecting the truly great game of football, with particular focus on the youth of the Commonwealth because of its discipline, teamwork, inclusivity and perseverance which are yet needed for life’s betterment,” said Kay Collier McLaughlin, the group’s chair.

Luke Stocker was born in Lexington and grew up in Berea where at Madison Southern he played both tight end and fullback.

Afterwards he transferred to the University of Tennessee where he caught 85 passes, eight of which were for touchdowns in a span of four years.

Stocker was chosen in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. Tampa Bay selected him. In his first two seasons, he caught 28 passes and by the year 2014, he was known as a very good interior blocker.

Stocker started his career with the Tennessee and lastly the Atlanta Falcons. From 10 seasons he was in 130 games and grabbed 83 passes for approximately 700 yards.

Fred Lee Davis was born in Louisville in 1918 and graduated from Male High School. He continued to University of Alabama where he was a first team tackle in 1940 and an all SEC the same year.

Davis was a 3rd-round draftee in the 1941 NFL Draft, being the 25th pick overall by the Washington Redskins. Davis was part of the 1942 NFL championship team of Washington and then he joined the Chicago Bears in 1946 where he won another NFL title.

David played a Pro Bowl selection in 1950 after his career in the NFL which lasted a decade. Davis died (in) 1995 at the age of 77.

Harry has a family with good sporting genes. Tony played in the NBA, his brother. Out of high School Jonesboro, Georgia he was a three star prospect.

At University of Louisville he was first team Big East and second team All American in 2007. Douglas got drafted by Atlanta in the third round of the 2008 draft. Barely a few weeks were behind him before he proved his worth in the NFL – he recorded 23 catches and his performance on the special teams was outstanding.

His best year was 2013 that he had 85 receptions. A combined 10 years between Atlanta and the Tennessee Titans in the NFL.

Maurice Douglass originated from Trotwood, Ohio and after a couple of years of football at a junior college he found himself at the University of Kentucky playing for Coach Jerry Claiborne.

After two matches he was in the starting line-up of the Wildcat defensive secondary. He was a hard- nosed All American at safety intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble in his two seasons at UK.

Douglass was Chicago Bears` 8th round last pick of the 1986 draft. The Bears cut Douglass at the end of training camp but brought him back in November. From Douglass put together an 11-year career in the NFL: nine with the Bears and two with the New York Giants. He’s since coached school football for high schools; first at his alma mater Trotwood and currently in Springfield, Ohio.

Born in Cathedral High School in Indianapolis was Jack Doyle. He had only one Division I offer which was from Western Kentucky University.

With Hilltoppers the big tight end totaled 162 receptions, made the first team all conference, and played in the Senior Bowl. Doyle wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine and went undrafted in 2013.

But his big chance came when he was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts where he started four games his rookie season, one of them being a playoff game. For the next nine years Doyle was efficient in the running game as a blocker and in the passing game. Doyle was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2017 making him the first Western player to ever play in the game. He was repeating the Pro Bowl of 2019 as a replacement.

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