UT Football Legends to Speak at King

Former UT Volunteers Phil Fulmer, Peerless Price, and Al Wilson are set to speak at King on Jan. 29. 

BRISTOL, Tenn. – You are invited to spend an evening with members of UT’s 1998 National Championship team, Phil Fulmer, Peerless Price, and Al Wilson.  The three UT legends will speak at King College on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. 

Former UT Head Coach Phil Fulmer served as Head Football Coach at Tennessee for 17 years, from 1992-2008.  He and his staff built an organization that produced the most successful era in modern Tennessee football history.  Fulmer and his staff were tireless recruiters and mentored some of the top names in college and NFL history.  During his last 11 years, the Vols played in the SEC Championship game five times, winning twice. He also led the Vols to one of the greatest moments in school history, the 1998 National Championship in the very first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game.

Phil Fulmer
 
Peerless Price
 
Al Wilson
 

In his 17 seasons, his record was 152-52 with a 74 percent winning percentage, he had 92 players make a NFL roster, 18 players earned All-American honors and another 68 players were selected All-SEC. Fulmer is also very proud of the family approach he took to guiding his players to off the field successes as well as on the field successes.

On Dec. 4, 2012, Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Upon learning of the accolade, Fulmer told Knoxville’s WBIR TV 10 that he was honored to be joining such an elite group of coaches and players in an organization like the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

There is one play from the 1998 season that most Tennessee fans will always remember.  Tee Martin connecting with Peerless Price for a 79-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. That play alone made the Vols National Champs.  It also made Peerless Price a Tennessee legend and ranked him sixth on Tennessee's all-time single game list.

After a stellar career at UT, Price was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft.  He played nine seasons in the NFL, spending time with the Bills (twice), Falcons and Cowboys.  He caught 403 passes for more than 5,000 yards 31 touchdowns.  His best season was the 2002 campaign when he caught 92 passes for 1,252 yards and nine TDs.

Al Wilson just might have been one of the greatest linebackers in Tennessee history, and his leadership was even more distinctive, acting like a quarterback for the defense.  He was the Vols’ only All-America selection from the 1998 undefeated national championship team.  The UT captain ranked third on the team that year with 77 tackles despite missing the three games to injury, the first since he was a freshman.  His highlight was a 12-tackle performance in UT's 20-17 overtime win in Knoxville against No. 2-ranked Florida, in which he set a school record with three caused fumbles.

Wilson was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft.  His entire professional career of nine years was spent with the Broncos.  One of the fastest middle linebackers in the league, Wilson became the anchor of their defense and earned five Pro Bowl selections. 

Ticket prices for King’s UT Legends event are $45 per individual, $40 for two or more, and $300 per table of eight (table sponsors will be recognized in the program and pre-speech introductions).  The event will be held in King’s Maclellan Hall dining room.  The cost of admission includes dinner and an autograph session. 

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs, which is one of the primary sources for direct scholarship assistance for King students.  To purchase tickets or for more information, contact King’s College Office of Development at 423.652.4864 or email pmhousto@king.edu.  Tickets will be available through January 25, 2013.