Ex-Cat Hackett to be featured on HBO documentary

Former University of Kentucky football player Wilbur Hackett, Jr. will be featured on the HBO documentary, “Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football,” which chronicles the heyday of football programs at historically black colleges and universities and explores the effect of the Civil Rights movement on intercollegiate athletics. The story culminates with the Sept. 1970 game between USC, which featured African-American running back Sam “Bam” Cunningham, and the University of Alabama, which featured legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. The documentary debuts on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 10 p.m. on HBO.

Hackett lettered at UK from 1968-70 where he became the first black football team captain in SEC history, according to Kentucky’s media guide. In 1970, Hackett shared the Wildcats’s Most Valuable Player award with fellow linebacker Joe Federspiel. Hackett is currently an official for the Southeastern Conference.

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