KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A legendary University of Tennessee football coach was given a major honor Thursday.
Johnny Majors, the 1956 Heisman runner-up and former UT head football coach, was given The Knoxville Award by the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service. Majors was recognized for his love and care in the Knoxville community.
Majors was surprised to become the 21st recipient of the award.
“It’s for a wonderful cause. I don’t know if I could completely qualify but I do have a great interest in the underprivileged and the elderly and the people not as fortunate as I am,” said Majors.
Majors is grateful about the recognition. He credits his morals and care for other to his upbringing.
“My parents were caring people, they were moderate people and they were both smart and very proud people and they cared for the less fortunate without question,” said Majors.
Vols radio announcer Bob Kesling says Majors’ determination to win on the field reflected off the field and on others as well.
“He brought that confidence to his football teams, he brought that confidence to his players,” said Kesling.
Majors wears that spirit until this day, the room full of guests all came to the Knoxville convention center to support him.
“We know Johnny Majors as having a heart for the young men he coached for having a heart and being a wonderful representative for the University and our city for so many years and also for just having a heart for the community, the many ways that you have given back, said Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero.
Thursday’s award luncheon was also a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. CEO Tim Howell says he’s happy about this year’s turnout. This year they raised more than $100,000.