Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Road renamed 'Tim Couch Pass'

Assembly honors former UK star

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FRANKFORT — It's usually University of Kentucky basketball players that the General Assembly takes time to honor each legislative session.

        But lawmakers took a break Tuesday to recognize Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Tim Couch — a Kentucky native who helped bring the UK football program into national prominence before leaving school after the 1998 season to turn pro.

        Mr. Couch received standing ovations on both the House and Senate floors during his brief appearance Tuesday. Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, announced that a stretch of Ky. 118 leading into Mr. Couch's hometown of Hyden in the eastern Kentucky mountains will be renamed “Tim Couch Pass” in his honor.

        Mr. Couch said he was honored to have the road named after him.

        “It will be kind of neat driving on it and seeing your name,” the soft-spoken Mr. Couch told reporters. “It's a great honor and I definitely appreciate it.”

        Mr. Couch said an ankle injury that kept him out of the Browns' last game of the season — the first game he had ever missed in high school, college or pro football — is healing and should not give him any problems next year.

        During his State Capitol visit, Mr. Couch signed autographs and posed for pictures with several lawmakers, including Sen. Dick Roeding, R-Lakeside Park.

        “He helped bring UK's football program back to life,” Mr. Roeding said. “He's a nice young man and it was an honor to meet him.”


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