Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme, a University of Kentucky graduate, has been selected as a 2015 inductee into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Wildcat was officially honored on Friday night in Louisville.
Tamme thrived at UK, where he started 37 of 48 games over the course of four seasons. His 1,417 career yards rank first in school history among pass-catching tight ends and second all-time in the Southeastern Conference. He was also the first Kentucky TE to earn All-SEC honors two years in a row.
Tamme's senior campaign — in which he racked up 56 receptions, 619 yards and six touchdowns — shot him up many draft boards. The Colts ended up drafting him 127th overall in 2008, kickstarting what has been a successful pro career for the Lexington, Ky., native.
"The NFL is a special fraternity. It's a real privilege to be a part of it," said Tamme, who joined Nick Saban in the 2015 class. "And then to be a part of this fraternity with guys that have a connection to the state of Kentucky… it's really special to me."