Bobby Majors had some major shoes to fill when he joined the Tennessee football program in the late 1960s. He was part of a class expected to carry the elite play the that Doug Dickey brought back to the Vols after reviving the program.
On top of that, Majors’s dad, Shirley Majors, was a legendary football coach in the East Tennessee area. And most notably, his brother, Johnny Majors, was a Heisman Trophy runner-up on the 1956 Vols. He would obviously become a 16-year head coach with the program as well.
Well, he more than lived up to his name. As a defensive back alone, Majors was a superstar and part of arguably the greatest secondary in NCAA history in the early 1970s. Still holding school’s the single-season record for interceptions with 10 shows that.
But Majors’s efforts in the return game were as important as his play on the field. He remains the all-time punt return yardage leader for the school. The guy returned 117 punts for 1,163 yards for his career, averaging 9.9 yards per punt return. That’s a school record as well for anybody with at least 100 returns.
It was his efforts back there combined with his defensive play that earned him back to back All-SEC selections and a consensus All-America selection in 1971. Majors’s special teams play was a huge reason that Tennessee football won an SEC title, a Sugar Bowl match-up and had a Top 5 finish during his time there. And it’s also why he’s on this list.