By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky offensive lineman David Hopewell is making gradual progress after his four-hour open heart surgery Friday in Cincinnati.
His daughter-in-law, Jennifer Hopewell, said Saturday that he was taken off the ventilator late Friday night.
“He’s eaten a little today but in lots of pain,” she said. “Still groggy, so the boys are going up tomorrow to see him. His brother and wife from Alabama are there now with (his wife) Teri.”
Hopewell was the starting center on Kentucky’s 1976 Peach Bowl team and 10-1 team in 1977 that was kept out of a bowl because UK was on probation.
His sons, Dan and Andrew, both also played football at Kentucky and both live in Lexington. David Hopewell is a State Farm agent in Harrodsburg and die-hard football fan who hopes every year is the season Kentucky can win the SEC championship — and national title. He’s always believed UK should set the bar higher for football expectations
Jennifer Hopewell said her father-in-law was talking a “little but not much” after Friday’s surgery.
“Still exhausted and on lots of pain meds. He was literally up all night (Friday) in pain,” Jennifer Hopewell said.
So continue to keep my buddy and former UK offensive lineman in your prayers and thoughts.