Former Vol Majors has No. 45 jersey retired
Former Tennessee tailback and coach Johnny Majors had his No. 45
jersey retired Saturday before the 23rd-ranked Volunteers’ game
against No. 18 Florida, but players can continue to wear the number
under the school’s new policy for this honor.
”This is one of the most emotional days of my life,” Majors
Tennessee is allowing current and future players to wear retired
numbers of anyone who gets his jersey retired from this point on.
Majors is the first honoree to whom this policy applies. Sophomore
linebacker A.J. Johnson currently wears No. 45 for Tennessee.
Tennessee’s previous seven retired jerseys will remain out of
circulation unless an honoree allows his number to be worn by
someone else. If the honoree has died, his family would need to
Majors, 77, was a single-wing tailback and punter at Tennessee
who finished second to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung in the 1956
Heisman Trophy balloting. Majors was named the Southeastern
Conference’s player of the year in 1955 and 1956. Now his No. 45
jersey is the eighth in school history to be retired.
”I’ve been on pretty much of a high the last few days when I
thought there was a good chance it was going to happen,” Majors
Although Majors was being honored Saturday for his
accomplishments as a player, he also had a productive college
coaching career. After coaching Pittsburgh to the 1976 national
title, he returned to his alma mater and went 116-62-8 at Tennessee
Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in
Other former Vols to have their jerseys retired include Peyton
Manning (No. 16), Bill Nowling (No. 32), Rudy Klarer (No. 49),
Willis Tucker (No. 61), Clyde Fuson (No. 62), Doug Atkins (No. 91)
and Reggie White (No. 92).