Sept. 14, 2006
It doesn't get much bigger than Tennessee hosting Florida in a game packed with SEC supremacy implications. A couple of guys who know plenty about big games will also be back at Neyland Stadium along with the No. 6 Gators on Saturday night.
A lockdown defensive back and ground-clearing center, owners of a combined three SEC championship rings, will return to their collegiate stomping grounds to support the No. 13 Vols and be honored as Legends of Tennessee for the conference showdown in Knoxville at 8 p.m. (TV: CBS).
Tom Myslinski, G (1988-91)
A 1991 All-SEC selection, Tom Myslinski was a key member of an offensive line that paved the way for one of the most productive offenses in UT history.
The Vols racked up over 5,000 yards of offense during Myslinksi's senior year, earning the 6-3, 285-pounder his all-conference nod before the Dallas Cowboys drafted the Rome, N.Y., native in the fourth round of the 1992 NFL Draft.
Myslinksi was also an integral part of the back-to-back SEC championship teams in '89 and '90. He started every game during the title-winning campaigns, which ended with victories in the Cotton Bowl and a one-point win over Virginia in the Sugar Bowl, respectively.
The guard played 10 seasons in the NFL after leaving UT, making seven stops around the league after starting his career with the Redskins.
Dale Carter, DB (1990-91)
In just two seasons at Rocky Top, Carter left his mark among the finest defensive backs and kick returners in school history. After earning first-team All-American honors in two seasons at Ellsworth Junior College, Carter twice earned All-SEC nods and finished his collegiate career as a two-time first-team All-America for the Vols.
Carter led the nation in kick returns with 507 yards on 17 returns for the 1990 SEC and Sugar Bowl Champions. The Oxford, Ga., native intercepted a pair of passes and returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to help the Vols blow out Florida 45-3 en route to the conference title.
Carter picked off nine passes, forced and recovered a fumble and piled up 78 tackles during his short stint in Knoxville. The Minnesota Vikings made him a first round draft pick in 1992, the first of 13 seasons Carter spent in the NFL