It’s May. 12 and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 12 on their uniform.
Today marks the final day in Big Blue Insider’s series, honoring some of the greatest Wildcats to wear the uniform corresponding with the current date.
Here we find a boatload of talent but decided to honor three UK Athletic Hall off Famers from three different Kentucky programs.
Valerie Still (Women’s Basketball 1979-83)
There’s no player in the history of the Kentucky Women’s Basketball program to have a more decorated career than Valerie Still. To this day, Still is the leader among all UK Basketball players (men or women) in career scoring (2,763) and rebounding (1,525).
She was named a three-time consensus All-American and averaged 23.2 points per game in her career. With her production on the court, Kentucky became a winning program as Still guided the Cats to a 30-game home court win streak from 1980-82 and their highest national ranking in program history (No. 4) in 1983.
Still’s No. 12 is retired by UK Women’s Basketball. She was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 and into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.
Ralph Beard (Men’s Basketball 1945-49)
Ralph Beard was perhaps the top player in Adolph Rupp’s Fabulous Five. In 1948 Beard helped guide the Wildcats alongside Alex Groza, Wallace Jones, Cliff Barker, and Kenny Rollins to the NCAA National Championship and helped the U.S. Olympic team take home a gold medal.
Beard was named a Consensus First-Team All-American in three of his four seasons at Kentucky and was named First-Team All-SEC all four seasons.
He finished his career averaging 10.9 points per game while shooting 62.3% from the field. Beard was inducted into the U.K. Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
Derrick Ramsey (Football 1975-77)
Derrick Ramsey did a little bit of everything from his quarterback position for the Wildcats. He finished his three-year college career with 3,417 yards of total offense, including 1,764 rushing yards, 1,653 passing yards, 25 rushing touchdowns, and 14 passing touchdowns.
He was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference and third-team All-America in 1977 after rushing for 618 yards and 13 touchdowns while throwing for 892 yards and six touchdowns while guiding UK to just their second 10-win season in program history.
Ramsey ranks fourth in Kentucky program history in rushing touchdowns (25). He went onto play tight end in the NFL for the Raiders, Patriots and Lions, where he won a Super Bowl in 1981 while a Raider.
He’d be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 and later served as Kentucky’s Secretary of Education and Workforce Development under Gov. Matt Bevin from 2015-2019.