Sept. 4, 2003
|vs. Miss. State, 1990|
|vs. Virginia, 1990|
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, offensive tackle Charles McRae and tailback Tony Thompson played well enough to become Tennessee Volunteer "Legends of the Game."
Each earned All-SEC honors in 1990 and their exploits covered a two-year period in 1989-90 during which the Vols were 20-3-2.
Thompson and McRae will receive the plaudits of the Neyland Stadium crowd for their accomplishments as Vol players before Saturday afternoon's game against Marshall.
A native of Clinton, Charles McRae was a two-year starter at offensive tackle. In his time as a starter, the Vols won the SEC title both years and defeated Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl and Virginia in the Sugar Bowl. He played professionally with Tampa Bay from 1991-95 and the Raiders in 1996.
Tony Thompson came to the Vols from Lake Wales, Fla., who proved his worth to the Vols whenever his number was called. He had 124 yards against Memphis State 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 1261 yards. He had the game-winning score in the 1991 Sugar Bowl against Virginia. He was captain of the 1990 team.
Charles is now Chief Financial Officer and Administrator for Vista Radiology in Knoxville, a 25-doctor single specialty radiology practice, serving five hospitals and two outpatient centers. He graduated from UT with a bachelors degree in history in 1991 and an MBA in 2002.
Tony is Corporate Audit Manager with Thomson, Inc., a world leader in video image technologies and solution, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for the past eight years. He earned his bachelors degree in mathematics in 1992 and his MBA in 1995, both from UT.