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Reveiz, ex-UT Vol, NFL record-holder, inducted


It is only fitting for a man that has accomplished so much to be inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. For former University of Tennessee and NFL kicker Fuad Reveiz, the honor is humbling. Reveiz, along with nine others, was inducted into the Class of 2007 in a Thursday, July 12, ceremony at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Im very humbled, Reveiz said. Its a great honor and just to be mentioned with those guys is a humbling experience.

Reveiz spent 1981-1984 at The University of Tennessee, where he ranks fourth on UTs all-time scoring list with 314 points.

Reveiz made an immediate impact with the Vols. He still co-holds the SEC record for the longest field goal, a 60-yarder made in 1982 against Georgia Tech. Even though owning that record is sweet, Reveiz will never forget his first game at UT.

I think going out there the first game against Wichita State and playing in front of 97,000 people is just an unbelievable experience, Reveiz said. It is something you could never prepare for because it is such a daunting experience. Going out there for the first time was just something that took me back.

It was an even greater experience for Reveiz because it was his last second, 29-yard field goal that won the game for the Vols.

Setting an NFL record for most consecutive field goals made at 31 late in his career (since broken), Reveiz played 11 seasons in the NFL with Miami, San Diego and Minnesota. He made 188 field goals and 367 extra points during the span. He was elected to the pro-bowl in 1994 while a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

For Reveiz, he credits former UT punter John Warren for helping him through his freshman year at UT, which ultimately ignited a highly successful career.

He was a great mentor to me, Reveiz said. He was two years older than I was. He really helped me out a lot, and as a freshman I realized I had to do that for somebody else. I really tried to get together with the rookies or freshmen and try to help them out because it is a big transition away from home, training techniques, everything completely changes. High school you are pretty much coddled along but in college and pros you are on your own.

That mentoring carries over to fatherhood for Reveiz. His two sons, Nick and Shane, are invited walk-on football players at The University of Tennessee, and daughter, Bryanna, plays volleyball at Farragut High School.

I remember coming here last year and looking at the inductees thinking that must be awesome, Nick Reveiz said. My dad has got that done and its nice to see the spotlight on him because he is a great guy and he has done so much, not only in sports, but also in the community. He works hard and its nice to see him get recognized for that.

However, Its never been about putting the spotlight back on him, Nick added. Its always been about me, my brother and my sister. Its been about getting us recognition. He has never tried to put his name in anything; he has always just encouraged me. He has always been the first person to tell me good job. Its been a real special experience and I look forward to many more memories.

Shane, a freshman, said, Ive always grown up around kicking and I dont know how many times Ive been asked if Im a kicker. Ive never been interested in that, but Im really proud of my dad.

He played a little linebacker in high school. He jokes around saying that he was better than me and my brother but we always beat up on him, Shane added. He liked hitting people just like we do. But kicking he was really good at that.

Bryanna, an FHS rising junior, has been making strides of her own to be a part of the highly competitive volleyball program.

He is a really big role model for me, Bryanna said. He is very successful, and he always talks a lot about being a leader. It definitely taught me how to be a leader on the court. He has definitely taught me how to commit to whatever Im doing and prove that you are always a little bit better than you are.

Reveiz and his wife, Gayle, have enjoyed being a part of professional sports. But for them, the true joy comes while watching their children play.

Fuad has always said it was exciting in the N-F-L, it was exciting on the college level but it is not near as exciting as watching our boys play, Gayle Reveiz said.

 

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