191 Former Vols Support Fulmer in KNS Ad

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

(WVLT) -- 191 former Tennessee football players put their name on an ad supporting coach Phillip Fulmer which appears in Friday's Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Former captains Peyton Manning, Casey Clausen and Will Bartholomew are among the names listed in the ad, as well as current or recent NFL players Albert Haynesworth, Cedrick Houston and Jonathan Wade.

The ad's message is clear: the thought of firing Fulmer, which has been expressed by some fans this season, is "laughable."

"Our perspective is unique," the ad says. "Our physical, emotional, and spiritual investment in Tennessee football can't be measured -- and probably can't even be understood without going through it. Let us be very clear: We are proud that Coach Fulmer is the head football coach of OUR team."

"Don't misunderstand us. The seriousness of the consequences has nothing to do with the possibility of Phillip Fulmer losing a job. The terrible loss would be if the University of Tennessee lost Phillip Fulmer."

Here is a link to a PDF version of the ad:


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  • by Alex Location: Bristol,TN on Nov 30, 2007 at 05:54 PM
    I agree with ALL the footbal;l players who NOW play for UT, otr are in the NFL, thatr Phillip Fulmer has been the best coach in Tennessee's history. I personally know the Neylands of Neyland Stadium. Although I never got to meet GENERAL ROBERT NEYLAND, I know his son ansd grandson. Neyland WAS a GREAT COACH in HIS era, but college football has changed so much in the years since, that in MY OPINION ONLY, so no disrespect to the Late, great coach Neylansd, but the fact is, coach Neyland coyuld NOT cut it in TODAY'S college fiootball. In comparison, it would be like coach Neyland coaching a high school football team while coach Fulmer is coaching as CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET to having a PROFESSIONAL team at the Univewrsity odf Tennessee. Only 10 starters graduate this year. Most letterman, besides the starters, have been freshmebn and sophmores, along with the Juniors who will lead the team NEXT year. I predict ANOTHER BCS CHAMPIONSHIP with the team Coach Fulmer NOW has within 3 years!
  • by Ashley Location: Blount county on Nov 13, 2007 at 10:43 PM
    I love the Vols and Fulmer!!
  • by Karen M. Jenkins Location: Maryville on Nov 9, 2007 at 10:38 PM
    The people complaining about Coach Fulmer are not fans, nor do they really like football. Those people are people who simply like to associate themselves with winning... perhaps the same people I saw sporting Notre Dame shirts around E. Tennessee when Notre Dame was winning. Oh, and the experts! There are hundreds of teams and one National Championship each year. UT is one of the ten teams who has won the title in the last ten years, and, remember- Coach Fulmer was our head Coach in '98. We are lucky to have won that title, and we are lucky to have Coach Fulmer. I hope he stays as long as he is coaching his team to become productive citizens; the wins will come. No team wins every game every year. This has been an exciting year in football for it has not been predictable. All of that said, The real fans will love the Vols whether we win or loose tomorrow, but being human, we, too, would love a win! Good hunting boys! Go Vols! Stay Coach! KMJ Gilmoe
  • by KrisHowell Location: Little Rock on Nov 9, 2007 at 05:04 PM
    I agree. Everybody has been calling for his head this year, but when it all boils down to it you have to ask yourself one question: Who in the hell are you gonna get to replace him? He is the winningest coach in the NCAA with 10 years under his belt. It would be a MAJOR step back to get rid of Fulmer. I think you should place blame where blame is due. Why don't we start with the defense! If anybody should go or at least have a fire lit under his ass, it's John Chavis. We haven't had the pass rush or the play out of our linebackers the last few years that we have been known for in the past. Alabama aside, Tennessee has the most storied program in the SEC and one of the most in the country. It would be a shame to black mark our reputation by firing the best coach this university has ever seen. It's not a matter of being a "Fulmer fan", it's a matter of being a Volunteer fan. Phillip Fulmer is Tennessee football. Let's not screw it up.
  • by PublicParts Location: Kuwait on Nov 9, 2007 at 01:38 PM
    No, when you look at Fulmer's record the past 10 years or so against his stiffest competition in the SEC, it's Fulmer, Manning, et. al. who are laughable.They may support Fulmer, but they don't support Vol Football.


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