John Shearer: Johnnie Jones Among Those Honored On Classic Vols Posters

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - by John Shearer

Many Chattanooga area Tennessee Vol football fans still remember fondly running back Johnnie Jones' 66-yard touchdown dash late in the fourth quarter of Tennessee's 41-34 win over Alabama in 1983.

Others also remember his two 1,000-yard-plus rushing seasons in 1983 and 1984 that resulted in all-SEC honors.

Jones was in Knoxville Friday for the unveiling of a new series of Classic Vols posters that are being distributed by the Food City grocery stores. Three more former Tennessee greats will also be recognized and announced over the coming weeks.

Interested fans are able to get the posters by purchasing some of Food City's Legacy Brands, which include the Chattanooga-connected Kay's ice cream.

Now a school resource and police officer and high school football coach in the Covington and Munford areas of West Tennessee where he grew up, Jones said he was humbled by the honor.

He also remembers fondly his touchdown run against Alabama at Legion Field and has quickly become a fan of new UT coach Butch Jones, he said during the gathering and in an interview.

To hear Jones' comments on having a poster produced in his honor, listen here:

To hear an interview with Jones following the poster unveiling, listen here:


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