Vols Jersey Countdown #24

Aug. 7, 2013

Player Spotlight
Tony Thompson
Running Back (1987-90)

Tony Thompson came to the Vols from Lake Wales, Fla., and proved his worth whenever his number was called. He had 124 yards against Memphis in 1988 when Reggie Cobb went down, 128 yards against Vanderbilt in 1989 when Chuck Webb was injured and, when Webb was lost for the season in the second game of 1990, Tony stepped to the front and led the SEC in rushing with 1,261 yards en route to first-team all-conference honors. He had the game-winning score with 31 seconds remaining in the 1991 Sugar Bowl against Virginia and was captain of the 1990 team.

Thompson earned his bachelors degree in mathematics in 1992 and his MBA in 1995, both from UT, and is now the president of Thompson Services Group in Newbury Park, Calif.

Why I Wore the Number
Aaron Hayden
Running Back (1992-94)
"I wore number 24 because it was the first number I ever wore in Little League. I wore it in high school, college and the NFL. When I was deciding where to go to college, Tony Thompson was graduating and the number 24 was available. That was actually part of my decision to become a Vol."

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