Sep 3, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Among the more than 97,000 at Neyland Stadium were three men who know what it means to be a Vol For Life. Legendary Vols Leonard Little, Chuck Webb and Al Wilson were all on hand for Butch Jones' debut at the helm of the program they gave their all for.
Wilson, who spoke to the team last spring after an invitation from Jones, has full faith in the coach who has led his teams to conference titles in four of the last six season.
"I love what coach Jones is doing," said Wilson, an All-American and National Champion with the Vols in 1998. "I love what he's bringing to the table. I love the atmosphere and the guys are buying into it. I'm excited for it."
Little travelled from his home in North Carolina to show his support for Jones and knows the impact he has made in less than a year on the job.
"Butch Jones brings another element to Tennessee football," said Little, who was an All-American in 1997. "He has the fan base excited and he has the players wanting to play for him. Its great for the University of Tennessee."
Webb, owner of the two greatest rushing games in Vol history, was honored as the Legend of the Game and had not been back to Neyland in decades.
"I'm so happy to be back and tell the fans thank you," said Webb, who was an All-SEC performer in 1989. "I left early and went to the NFL (in 1991) so Its really good to be back here. I'm really excited about Coach Jones and I think he will build us into real contenders."