Reveiz, Hancock to be honored

I get to watch some incredible athletes as part of this job. I also get to meet some incredible people. Occasionally, I'm lucky enough to cross paths with folks who are incredible athletes AND incredible people.

That's why I'm really pleased that two of my all-time favorite University of Tennessee football players – Anthony Hancock and Fuad Reveiz – are among 10 sports figures who will be inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame on July 12.

I don't know that there's anyone I admire more than Hancock. A two-sport star for the Vols, he was an All-America hurdler and receiver in 1981. You never would've guessed it from his demeanor, though. He was modest and low-key. There wasn't an ounce of arrogance about him.

Although Hancock was overshadowed by flashy teammate Willie Gault, I always thought Anthony was the superior college receiver. He ran better routes, had more consistent hands and wasn't afraid to go over the middle. He led the Vols in receptions in 1979, '80 and '81 and was the 11th player selected in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Gault embellished his reputation at the pro level, spending 11 years in the NFL, starring as a return specialist and deep threat. Hancock enjoyed five solid years in the NFL but never made the impact in pro ball that Gault did.

Anthony has made plenty of impact since he left football, however. The former Vol has devoted countless hours to inner-city youngsters in a leadership role with the Boy Scouts of America. God only knows how many young lives Anthony has changed for the better.

Fuad Reveiz, meanwhile, was absolutely the greatest kicker I've ever seen. In a 1982 game against Georgia Tech, he booted a 60-yard field goal that stands as the Southeastern Conference record to this day. He also made field goals of 55 yards ('82 against Kentucky), 54 yards ('82 against Memphis State) and 52 yards (five times).

Reveiz finished with a school-record 71 field goals – 10 more than Jeff Hall in second place. Fuad's best year was 1982, when he nailed 27 of 31 field-goal tries and all 20 of his conversion kicks. He went on to spend 11 distinguished years in the NFL.

Like Hancock, Reveiz may be an ever better person than football player. Trust me: That's saying plenty.

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