SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- "Mr. Mizzou" has a new title: Missouri Sports Legend. The director of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Gerald Andrews, announced Tuesday evening that John Kadlec, a former Missouri Tigers football great and broadcast announcer, is its 22nd Legend.
Kadlec, normally never at a loss for words, was genuinely broken up by the surprise announcement in front of about 200 Mizzou fans at the University of Missouri Coaches Caravan at the Doubletree Hotel. Kadlec said he and the Hall of Fame definitely would work out a date in September or October when he formally will accept the honor and have a statue of himself unveiled.
Kadlec's impact on Mizzou athletics has covered six decades. The St. Louis native was an all-conference lineman in 1950. He then served as an assistant coach under bosses Don Faurot, Frank Broyles, Dan Devine, and Al Onofrio. Kadlec spent the last 16 seasons as the radio color commentator for Mizzou football. He retired from the broadcast booth this year.