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Tennessee will retire Johnny Majors’ No. 45 jersey

Johnny Majors AP

Saturday could be a huge day for Tennessee football. College GameDay is on hand in Knoxville as Tennessee will try to knock off Florida for the first time since 2004 when James Wilhoit kicked a 50-yarder through the uprights to give the Vols a dramatic 30-28 win.

It’s no coincidence that ’04 was the last time Tennessee started 3-0 too.

But tonight’s game between the Gators and Vols will be special for other reasons. The school announced this morning that it would be retiring Johnny Majors‘ No. 45 jersey in a pre-game ceremony.

“It is only fitting to honor such a distinguished playing career,” said athletic director Dave Hart in a statement. “Johnny Majors is one of the greatest players in the rich and storied tradition of Tennessee football, and we are proud to bestow this honor upon him.” You can read the entire announcement HERE.

Majors (pictured center, being awesome) obviously had a distinguished career in Knoxville as a player, and later, coach.

But there’s also this:

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1 Response to “Tennessee will retire Johnny Majors’ No. 45 jersey”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 15, 2012 8:27 PM

    “In TN textbooks, “The Sword In The Stone” is about becoming King by pulling a knife out of Johnny Majors’ back.” LOL I guess by the same traitor that put it there…Flummo the Magnificent?

    Bout time the UTAD did this, they are famous for screwing these things up, hopefully they wont misspell his name like they did Doug Atkins. Maybe the worst slight of all time was when the legendary George Cafego retired, and the AD presented him with a used van that had 80,000 miles on in, along with some really cute murals depicting the Lady Vols. LOL I heard George sold the thing for scrap.

    I think Dave Hart has more sense, good move. Shoulda done this when he won his first SEC title.

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