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Fulmer praises Wilson, declares he will coach again
Al Wilson camp draws 120 to U.S. Cellular Fields


While Phillip Fulmer, former Tennessee Vols football head coach, came to the Farragut area and announced, “Yeah, I’m going to coach again,” his main purpose at the four-day “Camp Explosion” was to honor a special ex-player.

Visiting Al Wilson’s all-defensive camp for ages 9-18 Friday, July 10, at U.S. Cellular Fields off Lovell Road, Fulmer and the former Vols All-American and Denver Broncos All-Pro linebacker exchanged compliments.

Those words had an audience of about 120 campers from Farragut, Knox County and the metropolitan area, who also received words of advance from both UT icons.


While Wilson declared Fulmer “the greatest coach in the history of Tennessee Football [150-52 record, a national title and two SEC titles in 16 seasons],” Fulmer presented Wilson with a football inscribed: “Thanks for being a big part of the 150 wins.”

It was signed by Fulmer, “Al, you’re the best. I love you.”

Among his words of advice, Wilson told the campers to “surround yourself with positive people, not knuckleheads” and “get your grades intact to get scholarships to play ball.”

Fulmer added, “I’ve seen more guys fall by the wayside because of bad company.

“Choose your friend wisely ... the T-O’s of the world [Terrell Owens] ... are guys that look to bring attention to themselves.”

One camper asked Fulmer why he was fired (after the 2008 season). “We had a bad season, and a couple of folks thought it was time I did something else,” Fulmer said.

 

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