Thursday, June 04, 2020

Majors dead at 85
Johnny Majors, the legendary former Tennessee football coach and player and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died Wednesday at the age of 85. “It’s with a sad heart that we make this announcement,” Mary Lynn Majors, his wife of 61 years, said in a statement shared with Knox News. “John passed away this morning. He spent his last hours doing something he dearly loved: looking out over his cherished Tennessee River.” A native of Lynchburg, Tennessee, Majors played at Tennessee from 1953-56. He starred as the Vols’ single-wing tailback in an era when most programs had switched to the T-formation. Majors ran, passed, punted, returned kicks and played defense. He was named the SEC Player of the Year in 1955 and 1956. Majors earned consensus All-America honors in 1956, when he rushed for 549 yards and seven touchdowns and passed for 552 yards and five touchdowns. He finished as the Heisman Trophy runner-up behind Notre Dame's Paul Hornung. A staunch Democrat, Majors was pragmatic and also supported Howard Baker and Lamar Alexander in the races for the US Senate.


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