On Oct. 18, we wish a very Happy 82nd Birthday to Pat Shires, a former letterwinner and member of the Vols' 1951 national championship team. Shires and over 200 VFLs will be in attendance this Saturday as the Vols take on South Carolina. The group will relive many gameday traditions including the Vol Walk at 9:45 a.m. ET and running through the T prior to the noon kickoff.
Against North Carolina in 1952, Shires single-handedly led Tennessee to a 41-14 victory in Knoxville. The halfback ran for a touchdown, passed for a touchdown, passed for an extra point, kicked five extra points, punted five times and attempted one field goal against the Tarheels. Below is a newspaper cartoon that appeared after Shires' epic game, which pictures him eating the football: