Six years after leaving the University of Tennessee, Jason Witten is returning to the University of Tennessee on Tuesday for an informal graduation reception at the Thornton Student Life Center.
Witten left the university in 2002. He re-enter the school through the Renewing Academic Commitment (RAC) program in 2005 and will complete his bachelor’s degree in sports management later this month.
The RAC program works with former student-athletes by assisting them with advice on remaining degree requirements, course scheduling, tutoring, employment and internships opportunities offered through the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, as well as use of the Thornton Center for their everyday needs.
Witten was a consensus All-SEC choice and Academic All-SEC selection for the 2002 Vols when he caught 39 passes for 493 yards and five touchdowns. He finished his UT career with 68 catches for 797 yards, an 11.7-yard average, and seven TDs. Since leaving UT, Witten as a member of the Dallas Cowboys has played in four Pro Bowls during his brief but sparkling five-year career.
Witten will be available to talk to media on Tuesday, June 24 at noon in the Thornton Center.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE ATHLETICS TO HONOR RUBRIGHT
The University of Tennessee Athletics Department will hold a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 24 at 1 p.m. in the men’s athletic training offices to recognize Dr. Robert (Bob) and Eddy Rubright.
In recognition of their years of dedication and support of Tennessee Athletics, the team physician’s Clinic in the Men’s Athletic Training facility will be named “The Dr. Bob and Eddy Rubright Team Physician’s Clinic”.
“During his tenure at Tennessee, thousands of Volunteer student-athletes benefited from his compassion and care,” said men’s athletic director Mike Hamilton. “It seems only fitting that the team physician’s clinic bear his name.”
Dr. Rubright served the athletic department as Head Team Physician for men’s athletics from 1973-1993. Prior to his arrival at the University of Tennessee in 1970, Dr. Robert Rubright served four years as a Navy Hospital Corpsman during WWII. He was an undergraduate and medical student at Indiana University and a partner in a multispecialty/family practice clinic for 14 years in his hometown of Hammond, Ind.
In the early 1970s, Dr. Rubright and several physicians around the country, most of who were involved in college health, saw the need for involvement in athletic medicine by primary care professionals. As a consequence of those early efforts, UT now has now have fellowship trained primary care sports medicine specialists. These physicians in concert with their orthopedic colleagues continue to enhance the care and treatment of athletes at all levels of competition.
Dr. Rubright is a fellow and life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an honorary member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and most proudly, an honorary letterman of the University of Tennessee Athletics Department.