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Saturday, August 21, 2010
University of Tennessee Volunteers Football Uniform and Team History
University of Tennessee Uniform History
1. This document was created by Scott Sillcox to provide information about:
- the uniform images depicted in poster shown above
- the particular players whose uniforms are shown in the poster
- some history of Tennessee football
- the University of Tennessee’s football stadium
- the University of Tennessee football team in general
2. Please note that all of the actual original, one-of-a-kind artwork of the University of Tennessee football uniforms as seen in the poster above are actually available for sale. These watercolor paintings are truly beautiful, original watercolor paintings, and there are only 13 of them so please act quickly if you would like to buy one. These would make a wonderfully memorable, beautiful and completely unique gift for someone who loves Tennessee football.
If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Tennessee YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6AC6P-e16w or go directly to the artwork website www.heritagesportsart.com/Tennessee-Volunteers-c92/ where you can see and purchase the artwork.
3. For more information on Tennessee football, you may want to visit these great websites:
The official University of Tennessee football team site can be found at:
The following website offers an excellent summary page of University of Tennessee football, including a summary of Conference Championships; National Championships; Bowl Games; Coaches; Selected individual player records:
For further information and a view of Tennessee's football stadium:
Note: this site is also a good resource for additional past & present NCAA stadiums.
4. Description and history of the uniforms depicted in the University of Tennessee poster:
This painting honors the second season of University of Tennessee football. The 1892 team went 2-5 and played their home opener on the new “Curry Field”. The colors of orange and white were chosen by Charles Moore, a member of the 1891 team, and were later approved by a student body vote.
The 1903 team, coached by H. F. Fisher, had only 14 players yet still managed to win 4 while losing 5.
The 1914 team, coached by Zora Clevenger, was the finest University of Tennessee team to date, winning all 9 games they played and outscoring opponents 374 to 37. Home games were played on old Wait Field in front of crowds of 2000+.
The 1925 team, captained by J. G. Lowe and coached by M. B. Banks, went 5-2-1. Home games were now being played on Shields-Watkins Field on 15th street (now Phillip Fulmer Way).
#37 was worn by All-American end Borden Wyatt who led the team to a perfect 11-0 season. The team was coached by the larger than life General Robert Reese Neyland, who was by now in his 11th year as head coach. Neyland left Tennessee for the armed forces for all of the 1941-45 seasons, yet stilled coached the team for a total of 21 seasons.
The 1942 team was coached by John Barnhill and went 9-1-1. #62 is in honor of Clyde “Ig” Fuson, who was killed in WW II in December 1944 and whose number is now retired. Tennessee did not field a team in 1943, but resumed play in 1944.
The 1951 Tennessee squad is the stuff of legend and was Tennessee’s first outright National Championship team. Coached by General Bob Neyland in his next-to-last season, the team went 10-1 – the lone loss being to Maryland in the 1952 Sugar Bowl. #27 was worn by All-American tailback/halfback Hank Lauricella who finished 2nd in Heisman balloting.
The 1967 team won the SEC Championship outright with a perfect 6-0 record (9-2 overall). The team was coached by Doug Dickey and captained by two time All-American Bob Johnson. #75 honors all-SEC offensive tackle John Boynton.
This 1971 jersey honors #7 Condrege Holloway who actually starred at Tennessee from 1972-74. The 1971 squad was coached by 2nd year coach Bill Battle, who was only 28 when he became head coach, and went a nifty 10-2 (as they did again in 1972). The 1972 season saw the first night game at Neyland Stadium, a 28-21 victory over Penn State.
The 1983 team, coached by Johnny Majors, went 9-3. Tennessee was captained by #92 Reggie White, an All-American tackle and legend in his own time – White went on to a multi-year all-star career in the NFL, but his reputation was sealed during his collegiate days.
The 1989 squad was co-Champion of the SEC, going 6-1 in league play and 11-1 overall including a 31-27 win over Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. Johnny Majors, in his 13th of 16 seasons, was head coach. The team was captained by All-American offensive guard Eric Still. #79 was Eric Still who played all 4 years 1986-1989.
#16 honors the legend, Peyton Manning, who as a sophomore in 1995 led the team to an 11-1 record. As many fans can recite from memory, Manning won 39 of the 45 games he started and finished his career as Tennessee's all-time leading passer with 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns. The coach of the 1995 squad was alum, and former player, Phillip Fulmer.
The 1998 squad did something no other Tennessee team had done, going 13-0 in a single season. In doing so, the team laid undisputed claim to the National Championship - their first in 47 years - beating Florida State 23-16 in the Fiesta Bowl. #37 honors wide receiver Peerless Price whose catching heroics helped lead Tennessee to the Championship.
The 2007 team played a record 15 games, going 11-4, including a four-overtime victory 52-50 over Kentucky in Lexington. #86 honors senior and 6’8” 270 lb tight end Brad Cottam who was selected in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL draft. The 2007 team was coached by 16th year coach Phillip Fulmer.
Celebrate the University of Tennessee Volunteers football uniform history by owning a piece of history:
If you love Tennessee and the history of Tennessee Vols football, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic uniforms as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 13 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 13 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.
These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)
If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our University of Tennessee YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6AC6P-e16w or go directly to the artwork website www.heritagesportsart.com/Tennessee-Volunteers-c92/ where you can see and purchase the artwork.
And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at www.heritagesportsart.com (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/ssillcox
This blog was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 21, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org !