Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Saturday that the Volunteers will wear helmet stickers honoring the late Pat Summitt this season.
“We all know everything that she stands for,” Jones said. “I think it is very fitting that Tennessee football and Team 120 recognize her and everything that she means to the University of Tennessee and the great state of Tennessee and for sports in general.”
The sticker includes a capital “P” with a circle around it. The “P” is based on the way she wrote the letter in the signature of her name.
Summitt, a legendary women’s basketball coach, lost her battle with early on-set dementia on June 28. She was 64.
During her 38-year coaching career at Tennessee, Summitt won 1,098 games – the most of all time, men’s or women’s, at the Division I level. She also won eight national championships and 16 regular-season SEC championships before stepping down in 2012, one year after revealing her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Jones reflects on slain police officer
Jones began Saturday's press conference by discussing something “dear to his heart.” Jones said that the family of Kenny Moats, a police officer shot in Maryville, Tennessee last Thursday, are in his personal thoughts and prayers.
Jones’ father Lyle Jones Sr. was a member of the Saugatuck, Michigan Police Department for over 30 years. Lyle Jones Sr. passed away in 2009 at the age of 82.
“I understand what it is every day and what the job entails and everyone that’s out there protecting our communities,” Jones said. “That’s something that’s very, very close to me and it’s hit home.”
Former player to be honored
Former offensive lineman Chad Clifton will be honored as the “Legend of the Game” at Tennessee’s season opener against Appalachian State on Thursday.
Clifton played at Tennessee from 1995-99. He was a second-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft and played 12 seasons in the NFL, all with the Green Bay Packers. In July, he was inducted into the Packers’ hall of fame.
The Vols kick off against the Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
(Trenton Duffer covers Tennessee for GN. You can follow him on Twitter @trenton_duffer)
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