Louisville, KY (WDRB) – Former University of Kentucky tight end and two-time Super Bowl participant Jacob Tamme is now a member of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Tamme, who now plays with the Atlanta Falcons, was inducted Friday night in a ceremony at the Brown Theatre.
“The NFL is a special fraternity. It's a real privilege to be a part of it. 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,” Tamme said.
The Boyle County High School graduate played at Kentucky from 2004 to 2007, finishing his career ranked first in school history as Kentucky's all-time top pass-catching tight end and second in the history of all SEC tight ends with 133 receptions for 1,417 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Tamme was a fourth round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2008 NFL Draft. In 2010, Tamme pulled in a career-high 67 receptions for 631 yards and 4 touchdowns.
He signed with the Denver Broncos in 2012 where he was reunited with former Indianapolis Colt quarterback Peyton Manning. In March, Tamme signed a free agent contract with the Falcons.
“I think it's going to be a good fit (with the Falcons). I'm excited about it and I've enjoyed working down there the first couple of months of that process and when we get back down there for camp, it's going to be fun to get going”
Tamme is joined in this year's class by former Eastern Kentucky University and Pittsburgh Steeler Aaron Jones, the late Louisville Cardinal and Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone and the late Murray State and Detroit Lions defensive lineman Gil Mains.
“I'm appreciative that we have this in our state. We're the only state that has this (Pro Football Hall of Fame),” Tamme said.
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban was also in attendance at Tuesday night's event. Saban received the Blanton Collier Award, named for the former UK and Cleveland Browns head coach. That award is given to a coach who displays integrity on and off the field.
“I think (Collier) had a lot to do with the process that we've all developed in our profession,” said Saban. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, being at the Cleveland Browns for four years and understanding the history and championship that he won there, which was the last one won in Cleveland, he (was) a pretty special guy.”