A bronze likeness of the man who helped create a football tradition at Eastern Kentucky University now overlooks the field in the stadium that bears his name.
The statue of former EKU Coach Roy Kidd was unveiled Saturday.
Roy Kidd, who first made a mark at Eastern as a multi-sport player, went on to coach football for 39 years, winning 314 games including two national championships.
At halftime of Saturday’s game, the 85-year-old Kidd and members of his 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl winning team were honored. When asked just minutes after the ceremony about a most memorable moment, Coach Kidd reflected on the team recognized for a bowl win half a century ago.
“We went down to Western and they were unbeaten, untied, and unscored upon. And they were dedicating their stadium and we went down there and beat them,” said Coach Kidd. “Big upset, but boy, I’ll never forget that game.”
Private funds donated over the last couple of years paid for the statue of Kidd that overlooks the field from above the north end zone. At halftime, Coach Kidd said he was humbled by the honor.
“I realize the statue is me, but it takes a lot of people to get that done you know. To have the record that we have, I had some good assistant coaches. I had some great players and some great fans here in Richmond, so it takes a lot of people to have a good team like we did and a good program,” explained Kidd.
On Saturday night, Coach Kidd and his life-sized statue were inside the stadium as EKU withstood a Tennessee Tech comeback to win 24-21.