Larry Warford Named to Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023

Larry Warford Named to Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame unveiled its Class of 2023 Tuesday and Kentucky offensive line legend, Larry Warford, was named of the three Inductees. Warford, who has Samoan ancestry, joins Manti Te’o of Hawaiian and Samoan Ancestry and Harry Montague-Field of Hawaiian Ancestry.

The Class of 2023 will be honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on January 20 & 21, 2023.  The events will include the Polynesian Bowl, the Enshrinement Ceremony, and the Celebration Dinner.

Warford, a 2021 UK Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, played for the Wildcats from 2009-12 and was one of the greatest offensive linemen in Kentucky history. He earned all-star recognition all four years at UK, earning All-America Third Team honors as a senior from the Associated Press and Phil Steele’s College Football. He also was All-SEC First Team as a senior by and and was named All-SEC Second Team as a junior and sophomore. Additionally, he was named to the Sophomore All-America Team by College Football News and Freshman All-SEC by league coaches. He helped UK to two bowl games and did not allow a quarterback sack and graded over 90% during his senior year.

Warford, a native of Richmond, Kentucky, was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent seven years in the professional ranks, four seasons with the Detroit Lions (2013-16) and three seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2017-19). He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The Inductees were selected from a field of over 100 nominees and eight finalists by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee which includes former NFL Player and inaugural inductee Jack Thompson (Chairman), coaches Ron McBride and Dick Vermeil, past NFL player and inaugural inductee Olin Kreutz, past NFLPA President and inaugural inductee Kevin Mawae, former NFL Player and Class of 2015 inductee Ray Schoenke, ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett, and NFL Network writer and commentator Steve Wyche. In addition to the selection committee, all living Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inductees casted a vote to select the Class of 2023.

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