June 1, 2012
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.
Defensive End (1999-2002)
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