The Tennessee Volunteers have won only one national championship and eight SEC titles in the last 66 years.
It’s not been because of a lack of talent.
Few schools have supplied the quantity and quality of players to the NFL like Tennessee. In putting together the all-time NFL team for the Volunteers, there were Pro Bowlers at every position – and some Pro Bowlers who didn’t even make the cut.
Let’s start with those who did. Quarterback Peyton Manning went to 14 Pro Bowls, defensive end Reggie White 13 and tight end Jason Witten 11. White is enshrined in the Hall of Fame and Manning and Witten are on the way. The other defensive end on Tennessee’s all-time NFL team also is in the Hall of Fame – Doug Atkins of the Chicago Bears.
Pro Bowl linebackers Jerod Mayo, Mike Lucci and Paul Naumoff didn’t make the cut, nor did Pro Bowl wide receiver Carl Pickens and Pro Bowl edge rusher Leonard Little. Neither did halfback Alvin Kamara, who tied a New Orleans franchise record with 18 touchdowns last season.
All but two of the 24 players named to Tennessee’s all-time NFL team went to the Pro Bowl in their careers. Those 22 players combined for 103 Pro Bowl appearances. Here is the all-time NFL team of the Volunteers:
QB Peyton Manning, 5-time NFL MVP, 14 Pro Bowls
RB Jamal Lewis, 2003 NFL rushing champion (2,066 yards)
RB Charlie Garner, Pro Bowl, 7,097 rushing yards, 419 catches
WR Stanley Morgan, 4 Pro Bowls, 557 catches, 72 TDs
WR Anthony Miller, 5 Pro Bowls, 733 catches, 63 TDs
TE Jason Witten, 11 Pro Bowls, 1,152 catches 4th all-time
OT Chad Clifton, 2 Pro Bowls, 160 starts
OT Tim Irwin, 14 seasons, 187 starts
G Jack Stroud, 3 Pro Bowls, 109 starts
G John Gordy, 3 Pro Bowls, 129 starts
C Bob Johnson, Pro Bowl, 136 starts
DE Reggie White, Hall of Fame
DE Doug Atkins, Hall of Fame
DT Albert Haynesworth, 2 Pro Bowls, 30 ½ sacks
DT John Henderson, 2 Pro Bowls, 29 sacks
OLB Mike Stratton, 6 Pro Bowls, 21 INTs
MLB Al Wilson, 5 Pro Bowls, 7 FR
OLB Jack Reynolds, 2 Pro Bowls, 15 FR
CB Terry McDaniel, 5 Pro Bowls, 35 INTs
CB Dale Carter, 4 Pro Bowls, 24 INTs
S Eric Berry, 5 Pro Bowls, 14 INTs
S Roland James, 11 seasons, 29 INTs
K Fuad Reveiz, Pro Bowl, 188 FGs, 931 points
P Dustin Colquitt, 2 Pro Bowls, 44.9-yard average
KR Cordarrelle Patterson, 2 Pro Bowls, 30.0-yard KR average, 6 TDs
ST Bill Bates, Pro Bowl, Dallas record 216 ST tackles