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Former York resident Lincoln Kennedy will enjoy a rare honor on Friday afternoon.

Ex-Yorker Lincoln Kennedy is shown here during his playing days with the University of Washington.

The University of Washington and The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that they will jointly honor Kennedy with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, on Friday, in Seattle during the 108th Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State. Coverage of the game will start at 3:30 p.m. on Fox.

The 6-foot, 7-inch, 350-pound Kennedy was raised in York and attended McKinley Elementary, but his immediate family moved out of the area when he was a youngster. He went to high school in San Diego, but Kennedy still has family in York and has regularly returned to the area. In fact, he recently hosted the Lincoln Kennedy Celebrity Golf Classic at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center. He currently lives in the Phoenix area.

“I started to shed a tear,” Kennedy said at the January press conference announcing his selection as a member of the 2015 College Hall of Fame Class. “I was stunned. I was surprised. I’m floored to be here with these great players. Those that know me best know that the main reason I played football was to get out of the 'hood and get an education. I never thought I was that good to be here around these guys.”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program, which began with the inaugural class in 1951, has become a tradition. During the salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game.

“Lincoln Kennedy was one of the most dominant offensive linemen of his era,” said NFF President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Hatchell. “He was a member of the greatest football team in school history, leading the Huskies to a perfect 12-0 national championship season in 1991. We are thrilled to honor him in front of the Washington faithful at Husky Stadium.”

A unanimous First Team All-American in 1992, Kennedy led Washington to bowls all four seasons of his career from 1989-92, including three consecutive Rose Bowls. The 1992 First Team All-Pac-10 selection led the Huskies to three consecutive conference titles, and he is one of only three two-time recipients of the Morris Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the Pac-10.

A captain his senior year, Kennedy twice received Washington’s lineman of the year award, and he allowed only two sacks in his four-year career. He was a 2004 inductee into the University of Washington Husky Hall of Fame.

The ninth overall selection by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1993 NFL Draft, Kennedy spent two seasons in Atlanta and nine seasons with the Oakland Raiders. The San Diego native was a two-time All-Pro selection and three-time Pro Bowler, and he led the Raiders to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Kennedy has previously served as an analyst on the NFL Network, and he owned and operated an insurance agency. He has hosted a show on Fox Sports Radio once a week, and he now serves as an analyst for the Pac-12 Networks.

The 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 8. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Trev Alberts (Nebraska), Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma), Bob Breunig (Arizona State), Sean Brewer (Millsaps, Mississippi), Ruben Brown (Pittsburgh), Wes Chandler (Florida), Thom Gatewood (Notre Dame), Dick Jauron (Yale), Clinton Jones (Michigan State), Kennedy, the late Rob Lytle (Michigan), Michael Payton (Marshall), Art Still (Kentucky), Zach Thomas (Texas Tech), Ricky Williams (Texas) and coaches Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Jim Tressel (Youngstown State, Ohio State).