Herman Hickman made people notice him, and it paid off.
As a guard in the Vols' trenches, it was his dominating performance during the 1931 Charity Bowl where Hickman caught the eye of the national press. In the early stages against New York University, the Violets had the ball on Tennessee's 5-yard line preparing to score. But on four consecutive plays, Hickman single-handedly pushed NYU back 18 yards to the 23. The performance forced sportswriters into adjusting their All-America teams, adding Hickman's name.
Hickman is considered by many to be the most famous lineman in the history of Southern football.
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