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TENNESSEE FOOTBALL RETIRED NUMBERS




Peyton Manning

Doug Atkins

Reggie White

Bill Nowling

Rudy Klarer

Willis Tucker

Clyde Fuson

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Peyton Manning
1997
Quarterback
New Orleans, La.
Jersey Retired 2005

Special on Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning's legend will never die. He finished his illustrious career holding 42 NCAA, SEC and Tennessee records.

Following the 1997 season, Maning captured the Maxwell Award as the nation's most outstanding player, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Player of the Year honors his senior season, securing his All-America status in 1997. He also won the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete.

The Tennessee quarterback became the fourth in NCAA history to pass for 11,000 yards and threw for more than 300 yards in 18 games. He finished with 11,201 yards as Tennessee's most prolific offensive player in leading the Vols to the 1997 SEC Championship.

He was the No. 1 draft pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He was named NFL's co-Most Valuable Player following the 2003 campaign.

Doug Atkins
1952
End
Humboldt
Jersey Retired 2005

Special on Doug Atkins

Doug Atkins is considered by many to be the greatest defensive lineman in football history.

Atkins was named All-SEC his last two years with the Vols, in addition to being named All-America in 1952. The Vols went 29-3-1 and were crowned national champions in 1951 with Atkins on defense.

After wreaking havoc at Tennessee, Atkins went on to play professionally with Cleveland, Chicago and New Orleans, spending 12 seasons with the Bears as one of the "Monsters of the Midway."

He is the first Tennessee player to ever be voted into both the College Football Hall of Fame (inducted 1985) and the Professional Football Hall of Fame (inducted 1982).

Reggie White
1983
Defensive Tackle
Chattanooga
Jersey Retired 2005

Special on Reggie White

In his four years with the Vols, Reggie White collected a school-record 32 sacks in establishing himself as the most prolific pass rusher in Tennessee history.

The 1983 team captain drew little publicity until the sixth game of his senior year. By then, his domination was evident. He collected 100 tackles on the season, 72 of them unassisted, and set the school-record with 15 sacks for the year. He had a sack in every game but two and dropped the quarterback four times against The Citadel, another school record.

White was named the SEC's Player of the Year and while earning consensus All-America and All-SEC honors.

White was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and the NFL Hall of Fame in February of 2006. He retired as the NFL's all-time sack leader with 198.

Bill Nowling
1940-42
Fullback
No. 32 was worn by Bill Nowling (Aug. 8, 1920 -- Aug. 9, 1944), a fullback 1940-42, from St. Petersburg, Fla., a three-year starter under Robert Neyland and John Barnhill.

Rudy Klarer
1941-42
Guard
No. 49 was worn by Rudy Klarer (March 9, 1923 -- Jan. 6, 1945), a reserve guard in 1941 and starter in 1942, from Louisville, Ky.

Willis Tucker
1940
Fullback
No. 61 was worn by Willis Tucker (May 10, 1918 -- Nov. 28, 1944), a graduate of Knoxville High School, who earned a Vol football letter in 1940 and was a sprint star on the Vol track team.

Clyde Fuson
1942
Fullback
No. 62 was worn by Clyde (Ig) Fuson (May 11, 1923 -- Dec. 4, 1944), a native of Middlesboro, Ky., and fullback on the 1942 team, who shared playing time with Nowling. Ig had a younger brother, Herschel (Ug) Fuson, who was a freshman on the 1942 team and transferred to West Point where he graduated.


 

 

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