Vols Jersey Countdown #80

June 12, 2013

Player Spotlight
Eric Parker
Wide Receiver (1997-2001)

In four seasons at Tennessee,Eric Parker played in 42 games, catching 64 passes for 829 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned 107 punts a total of 930 yards and one score.

His most productive season came in 1999 when he posted career highs with 30 catches for 411 yards, as well as 41 punts for 387 yards, including a 69-yard return for a touchdown against Memphis that year.

Parker would later play six seasons for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL. He started 40 of the 62 games in which he played, accumulating 187 catches for 2,586 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Why I Wore the Number
Vic Dingus
Defensive End (1967-69)
"I chose 80 because it was previously wore by Bobby Frazier who was an All-SEC defensive end and my freshman coach. In those days we had freshman teams. The number seemed simple but whole and total. I tried to live up to the number and play with energy and power. The number was the first in the *0 series and I strived to be the very best I could. My greatest thrill was to start in the Orange Bowl, Jan 1, 1968 on National TV. We lost the game by a field goal. I had a good game, looking forward to my Junior year. When called out in practice or for any activity, I got to go first and that was good for me. I tried to make a positive impression."
Why I Wore the Number
Rodney Ruth
Wide Receiver (1992)
"I wore number 80 because of Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice. Playing wide receiver at Wide Receiver U and wearing number 80 for the Big Orange was an honor and privilege."
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