It’s May. 10 and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 10 on their uniform.
Here we find perhaps are largest load of talent yet. Thus, the remarkable current UK Women’s Basketball star Rhyne Howard, Baseball standout J.T. Riddle and Layton Rouse whose number is retired by Kentucky Men’s Basketball did not make the cut.
We still find three UK Athletics Hall of Famers with two coming from the gridiron and the other from the hardwood.
Moe Williams (Football 1993-95)
Outside of Benny Snell and Sonny Collins, there’s perhaps no better running back in the history of Kentucky Football than Moe Williams. In three seasons with the Wildcats, Williams ran for 3,333 yards and 26 touchdowns while adding 313 receiving yards. He ranks third in program history in career rushing yards and is tied for second in touchdowns.
In 1995, Williams ran for a career-high 1,600 yards, which led the SEC and set a single-season program record that still stands today. He also added 17 touchdowns to help first-team All-SEC and the SEC Offensive Back of the Year.
On Sept. 23, 1995, of Williams broke the program’s single-game rushing record when he exploded for 299 yards against South Carolina. He scored four touchdowns that day, which puts him in a five-way tie for the programs’ single-game record.
He was drafted in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and went onto play 10 NFL seasons with all but nine coming in Minnesota. Williams was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
Babe Parilli (Football 1949-51)
Despite playing in an era of football that was known for being run-heavy, Babe Parilli is still seen as the best quarterback in UK program history by many.
In three seasons as Kentucky’s starting quarterback, Parilli led the Wildcats to a 28-8 record. He was named a first-team All-American in 1950 and 1951 while finishing third and fourth in Heisman Trophy voting. The two-time All-American led Kentucky to an 11-1 1950 season that ended with an SEC Championship, Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma and the programs lone National Championship.
Parilli’s career 4,351 passing yards rank eighth in program history while his 50 passing touchdowns rank fourth. He was drafted fourth overall in the 1952 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. As a member of the New York Jets in 1968, Parilli earned a Super Bowl ring. He was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
Louie Dampier (Men’s Basketball 1964-67)
Our final No. 10 is the legendary Louie Dampier. Dampier played three seasons for the Wildcats and scored 1,575 points with 409 rebounds.
He was named First Team All-SEC three times and a Consensus Second-team All-American in both 1966 and 1967. During the 1965-66 season, Dampier averaged 21.1 points with 4.9 rebounds.
The Cincinnati Royals drafted Dampier in the 1967 NBA Draft. He went onto play most of his pro career in the ABA with the Kentucky Colonels, where he became a seven-time all-star. He was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. His No. 10 now hangs in the Rupp Arena rafters.