There are a couple of plays from the 1998 season that Tennessee fans will always remember. One is a certain Arkansas quarterback stumbling from under center and leaving the football lying on the ground for Tennessee to claim. The other is Tee Martin connecting with Peerless Price for a 79-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. That play alone made the Vols national champs and Peerless Price a Tennessee legend.
Price, a native of Dayton, Ohio, was a senior playing in his last game as a Volunteer that night. It surely was a memorable one, but Price's career was much more than just one catch.
The 1998 season was Price's best. He led the team in receptions with 61, receiving yards with 920 and receiving touchdowns with 10. He posted six games of 80 receiving yards or more and three of 100 yards or more, including a 199-yard effort vs. Florida State. That performance ranks sixth on Tennessee's all-time single game list.
His career numbers place him among Tennessee's best. His 2,298 receiving yards are the third-most in school history. He caught a total of 147 passes, which places him fourth all-time in that category. His 920 yards from the 1998 campaign are the eighth highest single-season total ever at Tennessee. Price is also 10th on the Vols' all-purpose list with 2,900 career yards.
After a stellar career on The Hill, Price was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played nine seasons in the NFL, spending time with the Bills (twice), Falcons and Cowboys. He caught 403 passes for more than 5,000 yards 31 touchdowns. His best season was the 2002 campaign when he caught 92 passes for 1,252 yards and nine TDs.