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Vols Jersey Countdown #91



June 1, 2012


Timber Tops
#91
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Doug Atkins
Defensive End (1950-52)

Doug Atkins is considered by many to be the greatest defensive end in football history. After originally signing with UT on a basketball scholarship, Atkins went on to gridiron All-American status in 1952, was the only player to be unanimously named to the All-SEC Quarter Century Team (1950-74) and was selected SEC Player of the Quarter Century. Atkins retired with the most NFL games played (205) by a defensive lineman. The Vols went 29-3-1 with Atkins on the field and won the 1951 national championship. A two-time All-SEC selection, he is the only UT player to ever be voted into both the College Football Hall of Fame (1985) and the Professional Football Hall of Fame (1982). Atkins played professionally with Cleveland, Chicago and New Orleans, spending 12 seasons with the Bears. His number was retired by the Vols on Nov. 19, 2005.

WHY I WORE THE NUMBER
Omari Hand
Defensive End (1999-2002)
"I wore the number 91 because it was the closest number to 89 (my high school number) that was available for linemen. Linemen normally wear numbers in the 90 range. Additionally, my older brother wore 90 in high school so 91 was close to that number as well."

WHY I WORE THE NUMBER
Jeff Cole
Linebacker (1983)
"I wore #91 because it was assigned to me and I was grateful to have it. Go Vols!"

FAN FAVORITE 91s
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ALL-TIME 91s

Jim Miner - 1946-49

Doug Atkins - 1950-52

Jerry Bishop - 1953

Stewart Spinks - 1965

Gary Kreis - 1967

Ronnie Drummonds - 1968

Jimmy Young - 1970-72

Don Hampton - 1974

Ed Sears - 1975-76

Bret Aitchison - 1980-82

Jeff Cole - 1983

Eric Melching - 1985

Mike Whitehead - 1986-87

Jeff Tullis - 1989

Tom Fuhler - 1991

Brent Gibson - 1993

Jonathan Brown - 1995-97

Omari Hand - 1999-2002

LaRon Harris - 2003-04

Robert Ayers - 2006-08

BY THE NUMBERS

 

 

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