Bobby Majors discusses Hall of Fame nomination, Fulmer hiring Pruitt

Bobby Majors discusses Hall of Fame nomination, Fulmer hiring Pruitt

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Bobby Majors discusses Hall of Fame nomination, Fulmer hiring Pruitt

Bobby Majors is one of three former Tennessee football players nominated for selection into the College Football Hall of Fame last month.

The Hall of Fame class will be announced Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif., before the national championship game is played at Levi’s Stadium.

Majors was a defensive back at Tennessee from 1968-71. He was a 1971 unanimous first-team All-American and a two-time first-team All-SEC selection and still holds conference and school records with 10 interceptions. Majors also set UT records for 117 career punt returns and 1,163 career punt return yards.

“It means a great deal and for them to recognize you for being a good player means everything in the world to be nominated,” Majors told Vols Wire. “If I get into the Hall, it will be icing on the cake and if I don’t get in I will not lose any sleep over it.”

Bobby’s brother Johnny, former UT head coach and player, is in the College Football Hall of Fame. Bobby says that getting in the Hall of Fame with his brother “would be neat from that standpoint.”

Majors came to Tennessee at the same time as Phillip Fulmer in the fall 1968.

“We were roommates at Tennessee and played high school football together,” Majors said.

Majors likes the direction of UT athletics and football with Fulmer directing them. He also likes how his former roommate hired Jeremy Pruitt as head coach.

“They have somebody that knows sports, particularly football,” Majors said of Fulmer. “Phillip went out and got somebody (Pruitt) that has some grit about him. He (Pruitt) has a great resume of where he has coached, who he has coached for, players he has developed and the type of individual he is.

“I do not see how he could have done better than the guy he got. I am impressed from what I have seen and have heard so far. He is trying to get our tradition back.”

With Fulmer hiring Pruitt, it ends a trend of UT hiring offensive coaches.

Majors says it all comes down to “players not exceeding in their ability” with recent coaching at UT.

“Defensive coordinators and defensive people are just as savvy as offensive people are,” he said. “Pruitt is a great defensive mind and is from the old school in believing in hitting.”

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