Special pregame ceremony

Tennessee football legend Reggie White will have his No. 92 retired during an on-field ceremony prior to the Tennessee-Mississippi game Saturday afternoon. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the stadium early so that they can be a part of this special ceremony, which is slated to begin shortly after noon.

White's widow, Sara White, will be present at the ceremony along with their daughter, Jecolia, and son, Jeremy. Included in the ceremony will also be Reggie's father, Charles, and his sister, Christy Collier.

White, who died Dec. 26 at the age of 43, collected a school-record 32 sacks in his four years with the Vols to establish himself as the most prolific pass rusher in Tennessee history. Fifteen of those sacks came in his senior year of 1983, a campaign current Vols head coach Phillip Fulmer called the "most individually dominant season I've ever seen."

Known as the "Minister of Defense," White went on to a 17-year pro football tenure, retiring as the NFL's all-time sack leader with 198. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. White graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1990.

As previously announced, Peyton Manning?s No. 16 will be retired at the Oct. 29 South Carolina game, and Doug Atkins' No. 91 will be retired at the Nov. 19 Vanderbilt game.

White's, Manning's and Atkins' jersey numbers, which are being worn this season by Justin Harrell (92), Rick Clausen (16), and Robert Ayers (91), officially will be retired once the current student-athletes complete their eligibility.

The Volunteers previously had retired jersey numbers 32, 49, 61 and 62 in 1946 in memory of four UT players who died in World War II.

Bill Nowling (Aug. 8, 1920 - Aug. 9, 1944), a fullback from St. Petersburg, Fla., wore number 32. Nowling was a three-year starter from 1940-42 under Gen. Robert Neyland and John Barnhill.

Number 49 was worn by Rudy Klarer (March 9, 1923 - Jan. 6, 1945), a reserve guard in 1941 and starter in 1942. Klarer hailed from Louisville, Ky.

Willis Tucker (May 10, 1918 - Nov. 28, 1944) wore number 61. The Knoxville High School graduate earned a Vols football letter in 1940 and was a sprint star on the UT track and field team.

Number 62 was worn by Clyde "Ig" Fuson (March 11, 1923 - Dec. 4, 1944), a Middlesboro, Ky., native and fullback on the 1942 team who shared playing time with Nowling. Fuson had a younger brother, Herschel "Ug" Fuson, who was a freshman on the 1942 team and transferred to Army, where he graduated.


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