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Historian at CFB Hall of Fame is Cincinnati native, UC grad

He'll be cheering for the Bearcats at the Peach Bowl
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Posted at 10:10 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 22:16:08-05

ATLANTA — No. 8 Cincinnati will suit up in Atlanta on Friday to face No. 9 Georgia in the Peach Bowl. Cincinnati’s football team arrived in Atlanta by plane on Wednesday; but the Bearcats had a special place in the city long before that.

"One of the first things you encounter when you enter the College Football Hall of Fame is this brick,” said Kent Stephens. “It’s from the very first Bearcat game I attended with my father in 1963.”

Stephens is the Historian at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, and he's a graduate of Oak Hills High School and the University of Cincinnati.

“Some of the artifacts in here are actually some of my own," he said. "This scrapbook from 1964, I kept as an 11-year-old."

Stephens took WCPO inside the Hall of Fame’s “vault” full of relics and records dating back nearly 150 years.

“Our oldest artifact comes from 1873,” said Stephens.

He’s hoping they’ll be able to add a Peach Bowl to Cincinnati’s collection of memorabilia.

“These are like the Final Four games for college football,” explained Stephens. “If they can win by one [point] I’ll be thrilled.”

Stephens will be at the game on Friday. He was also at the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl when Cincinnati played in them.

The Peach Bowl kicks off Friday at noon.