94 year-old Vol-for-life gets surprise visit from Vols legend

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's hard to deny Morris Tisdale is a Vol for Life. After holding season tickets at Neyland Stadium for a half-century, the 94 year-old still watches every UT game at his home at Morning Pointe of Lenior City.

“You can always find Morris with his Vols hat on and now that it’s the start of football season, it’s all he talks about,” says Teresa Henslee, executive director.

On Monday, Tisdale was in for a big surprise: a visit from former head coach Phil Fulmer. The Vols' legend dropped by Morning Pointe to help kick off off National Assisted Living Week.

“We are so excited to be able to pull this together for Morris,” says Henslee.

Watching UT football was a Tisdale family tradition, according to his daughter Carol. The whole family would gather around to eat and cheer on the Volunteers.

“I remember going to my first game when I was 12 years old. It became family time,” says Carol.

She even described her father's special UT area in their home where he would watch all of the away games.

“He had orange carpet, an orange plaid couch, orange leather padded bar and a UT helmet lamp,” smiles Carol. “30 years later, he still has that lamp,” she laughs.


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