May 24, 2013
Defensive Line (2007-11)
The Vol to have worn the number from 2007-11,>Ben Martin, had a career of ups an downs due to injury. Martin always was proud to wear the No. 99. The Cincinnati, Ohio native played in 44 career games with the Vols from 2008-2011, making 81 tackles.
"I started wearing #99 in high school," said Martin. "I just liked the guys that wore it. Warren Sapp wore it when he played for Tampa Bay and that was my favorite team growing up. Jason Taylor had it and I really liked watching him play. I just stuck with it. Some people say a number is just a number, but it became part of my identity. 'Number 99, that's>Ben Martin.' That was me. It represented a large part of what I was at Tennessee."
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