Al Wilson 'bowling' again

After an injury-plagued college career, one of Tennessee's most famous alumni is making a real name in the NFL.

Linebacker Al Wilson, the driving force behind UT's 1998 national title, will play in his third consecutive NFL Pro Bowl Feb. 8 in Honolulu. AFC head coach Tony Dungy added him to the roster as the conference ''need player.''

Wilson, who prepped at Jackson (Tenn.) Central Merry, started all 16 regular-season games at middle linebacker for the Denver Broncos during the 2003-04 season, registering 128 tackles and seven pass deflections. The 6-foot, 240-pounder's best game came against the Baltimore Ravens, when he registered 10 solos, 1 assist, a sack and a pass deflection.

Known for his fire and determination, Wilson probably ranks as the greatest leader in UT history, if not the greatest linebacker in Vol annals.


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