Vols Jersey Countdown #53

July 9, 2013

Player Spotlight
Glenn Streno
Center (1981-83)

Center Glenn Streno is the only All-SEC selection to have worn the No. 53 from Tennessee.

A 1983 selection, Streno is a Pittsburgh native and earned three letters with the Vols. He helped UT to the 1983 Florida Citrus Bowl Championship with a 9-4 record under Johnny Majors.

Streno was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1984 NFL Draft.

Why I Wore the Number
Bert Ackerman
Center (1962-64)
"I wore #53 because that was what was assigned to me. We didn't get to choose our numbers back then. There were over 100 freshmen and 120 plus on the varsity. You didn't ask for anything special. You just kept your head down and tried to survive your first year. If you weren't present, there were 10 more in line trying to get ahead of you, and that was just on the freshman team. It was dog-eat-dog and survival of the fittest."
Why I Wore the Number
Toby Champion
Offensive Line (1997-2000)
"I wore the number 53 due to it being the smallest number that a offensive lineman could wear that was not taken. At 19 years of age even though I was well over 300 pounds, I still considered myself a skill position player. Thanks to coach Fulmer and Cutcliffe, they made my childhood dream come true of playing full back for the Big Orange. I played the jumbo back in three games at UT and those are great memories."
Why I Wore the Number
Brian Word
Linebacker (2002)
"I wore number 53 because it was my high school number. In those days, I wanted to wear number 55 because I had to have an offensive and defensive number for playing both sides of the ball. Plus Derrick Brooks and the late Junior Seau were two of my favorite NFL players. However, there was a teammate who was one year older who had it so I knew that I would not get it until my senior year (Toby Champion). Therefore, I had to start wearing 53 to much of my dislike. But it grew on me and I started having lots of success so I decided to continue with it. When I got to Tennessee, a veteran teammate had the number 53 so I knew that I was going to have to wait it out again. I finally got my 53 number back my senior year."

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