LEXINGTON, Ky. – Talbott Todd (pictured), a Kentucky football letterman from 1963-65 and supporter of the program diagnosed with ALS last year, will lead the Cat Walk presented by Chevy before Kentucky’s season opener against Southern Miss on Saturday, Sept. 3.
“We’re looking forward to our first Cat Walk on Talbott Todd Way,” head coach Mark Stoops said. “Talbott has meant so much to me and to UK Athletics. We’re excited to have him join the team for the Cat Walk.”
The site of the new Cat Walk, Talbott Todd Way, was named in Todd’s honor in August and is located between Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Field House. Led by Todd, players and coaches will proceed from outside Gate 1 down Talbott Todd Way to the new Kentucky Football Training Facility beginning at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Todd – nicknamed the Richmond Rocket during his high-school days – came to UK from Richmond, Ky., a highly sought-after quarterback/defensive back. He played both positions for Charlie Bradshaw, but spent most of his time in the secondary. He led the team in interceptions with four as a sophomore and memorably secured the game-clinching fumble recovery as UK ended top-ranked Ole Miss’s 22-game regular-season winning streak on the road in 1964.
After his playing career, Todd went on to an ongoing 49-year career with Northwestern Mutual and built a family with his wife of 51 years, Marilyn. The couple has two children, Jeff and Jim.
When he isn’t working or spending time with family, Todd is likely to be found cheering on or at least talking about UK sports, especially the football team. He has been steadfast in his support of the program, building relationships with countless coaches and players over the last five decades. In spite of being diagnosed with ALS, a debilitating neurodegenerative disease, Todd has remained a fixture at UK games and practices.
Photo by Britney Howard, UK Athletics