Al Wilson talks about Phil Fulmer and Tim Tebow
Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer spent much of Friday afternoon driving golf balls at Three Ridges.
But not before his former players provided a drive down memory lane with some memories of Fulmer's years coaching the Vols.
"Coach, I wanted to put bricks in that sand pit you used to make us run in,'' former linebacker Eric Westmoreland said at the Allegiant Athletic Agency event. "That was some hard work.''
Fulmer laughed and replied, "It was supposed to be hard, but didn't it make playing football seem that much easier?''
Fulmer has been putting himself through a workout regiment lately, dropping 40 pounds and adding some bounce to what has become a Hall of Fame gait.
"That day I was announced (into the College Football Hall of Fame) was very exciting, because I heard from so many people for the next several days; former players, friends and all of my coaches,'' said Fulmer, who guided the Vols to the 1998 national championship, five SEC championship game appearances and a 152-52-1 record. "It was great to be able to share the honor with them, because honestly, we were a team at Tennessee from (President) Joe Johnson, to (athletic director) Doug Dickey to all of our staff and players.''
Big Al: Al Wilson said he wasn't surprised Fulmer was a first-ballot, unanimous selection for the College Football Hall of Fame.
"What Coach Fulmer did says a lot for him, regardless of the talented players he had around him,'' said the former All-American linebacker. "A lot of people have talent to work with, but you have to be able to put that talent together and get everyone to buy in, and we all believed in Coach Fulmer.''
Wilson is using those same leadership principles for the companies in which he owns a stake, the Prestigious Carrier trucking company and Prestigious Placement job services.
"I'm trying to build a conglomeration that will last generations,'' Wilson said. "There are a lot of the same principles as in football, as it's my job to motivate my team and make sure everyone understands it's all about the big picture."
Berry Good: Safety Eric Berry said he can't wait to get the pads on with the Kansas City Chiefs after missing most of last season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the opening game.
"I'm good, we just finished up OTAs (Organized Training Activities) yesterday,'' Berry said. "I'm ready to start back up right now.''
Berry said his younger twin brothers, rising juniors Evan and Elliott, are better collegiate prospects than he was at the same stage of his career at Creekside (Ga.) High School.
"Evan is the same height as me, his arms are longer, and he ran a 10.5 (-second) 100 meters,'' Berry said. "Elliott can play anywhere. I think he could be a great running back, but he's lining up at defensive end right now.''