A 1987 inductee of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, Majors played for the Volunteers from 1954-1956.
He earned both SEC Player of the Year honors and All-SEC selection at tailback twice, in 1955 and 1956. A unanimous All-American in 1956, he finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting after leading the Vols to a 10-1 record, an appearance in the Sugar Bowl, and a final national ranking of No. 2.
Peyton Manning's legend will never die. He finished his illustrious career holding 42 NCAA, SEC and Tennessee records.
Following the 1997 season, Maning captured the Maxwell Award as the nation's most outstanding player, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Player of the Year honors his senior season, securing his All-America status in 1997. He also won the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete.
The Tennessee quarterback became the fourth in NCAA history to pass for 11,000 yards and threw for more than 300 yards in 18 games. He finished with 11,201 yards as Tennessee's most prolific offensive player in leading the Vols to the 1997 SEC Championship.
He was the No. 1 draft pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He was named NFL's co-Most Valuable Player following the 2003 campaign.
Doug Atkins is considered by many to be the greatest defensive lineman in football history.
Atkins was named All-SEC his last two years with the Vols, in addition to being named All-America in 1952. The Vols went 29-3-1 and were crowned national champions in 1951 with Atkins on defense.
After wreaking havoc at Tennessee, Atkins went on to play professionally with Cleveland, Chicago and New Orleans, spending 12 seasons with the Bears as one of the "Monsters of the Midway."
He is the first Tennessee player to ever be voted into both the College Football Hall of Fame (inducted 1985) and the Professional Football Hall of Fame (inducted 1982).
In his four years with the Vols, Reggie White collected a school-record 32 sacks in establishing himself as the most prolific pass rusher in Tennessee history.
The 1983 team captain drew little publicity until the sixth game of his senior year. By then, his domination was evident. He collected 100 tackles on the season, 72 of them unassisted, and set the school-record with 15 sacks for the year. He had a sack in every game but two and dropped the quarterback four times against The Citadel, another school record.
White was named the SEC's Player of the Year and while earning consensus All-America and All-SEC honors.
White was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and the NFL Hall of Fame in February of 2006. He retired as the NFL's all-time sack leader with 198.
No. 32 was worn by Bill Nowling (Aug. 8, 1920 -- Aug. 9, 1944), a fullback 1940-42, from St. Petersburg, Fla., a three-year starter under Robert Neyland and John Barnhill. Nowling and fellow Vols Rudy Klarer, Willis Tucker and Clyde Fuson lost their lives fighting for America in World War II. Their numbers, including 32, were officially retired in 2006 prior to the Air Force game.
No. 49 was worn by Rudy Klarer (March 9, 1923 -- Jan. 6, 1945), a reserve guard in 1941 and starter in 1942, from Louisville, Ky. Klarer and fellow Vols Bill Nowling, Willis Tucker and Clyde Fuson lost their lives fighting for America in World War II. Their numbers, including 49, were officially retired in 2006 prior to the Air Force game.
No. 61 was worn by Willis Tucker (May 10, 1918 -- Nov. 28, 1944), a graduate of Knoxville High School, who earned a Vol football letter in 1940 and was a sprint star on the Vol track team. Tucker and fellow Vols Rudy Klarer, Bill Nowling and Clyde Fuson lost their lives fighting for America in World War II. Their numbers, including 61, were officially retired in 2006 prior to the Air Force game.
No. 62 was worn by Clyde (Ig) Fuson (May 11, 1923 -- Dec. 4, 1944), a native of Middlesboro, Ky., and fullback on the 1942 team, who shared playing time with Nowling. Ig had a younger brother, Herschel (Ug) Fuson, who was a freshman on the 1942 team and transferred to West Point where he graduated. Fuson and fellow Vols Rudy Klarer, Willis Tucker and Bill Nowling lost their lives fighting for America in World War II. Their numbers, including 62, were officially retired in 2006 prior to the Air Force game.