Love gives back to Vols

Thirty years ago, Oak Ridge's Emmon Love, then a wide receiver for Bill Battle's University of Tennessee football team, was preparing for his final season as a Vol.

Today, his name, along with wife, Sandy, and sons, Mark and Todd, adorns the wide receivers office in the Neyland-Thompson Center, in recognition of his commitment to STEP UP - The Campaign for UT Athletic Facilities. The naming ceremonies were held today at the Sports Center.

"I think it's important that people who have played here give back something to this program and this University," Love said. "The University of Tennessee gave me a great opportunity. I used to tell my brothers and my father that, if I could make it through practice during the week, Saturday was like a day off."

Love was a Tennessee wideout from 1971-73, leading the Vols in receiving in 1972. He was No. 85 in his Orange and White Tennessee jersey and now leaves his imprint on the Vol wide receivers of today.

"We've had a great response from our athletes to our Capital Campaign and had some great leadership from them," Athletics Director Doug Dickey said. "Emmon and the family have been a great part of being the athlete who came back and never forgot about us. He's done a great job in his business career and a great job in sharing that with the University. We're very appreciative of that."

Love is now in the insurance business in Knoxville, as a principal with Ameriplan Benefits Corporation. He was joined at the ceremonies by brother, Steve, nephew, Matthew, and business partner Bud Sherrod and wife, Barbara

"Each time our athletic programs have had a need, Emmon has stepped up, not just as a participant, but as a true leader," senior associate athletic director Mike Hamilton said. "With the VASF, the Thornton Center, and now the STEP UP campaign, Emmon and Sandy truly epitomize the Volunteer spirit."

The Love gift is part of STEP UP- The Campaign for UT Athletic Facilities, a comprehensive program for new, renovated and expanded facilities benefiting 17 of UT's 20 men and women's intercollegiate teams in their continued quest for SEC and NCAA championships.

For more information about Tennessee's athletics facility renovation plans or to find out about donating to the university athletics department, contact John Currie or Scott Rabenold at (865) 974-1218.

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