Tennessee announced this morning that the No. 45 jersey of legendary former player and coach Johnny Majors would be retired before today's game.
The Vols (2-0) play Florida (2-0) today at 6 p.m. (TV: ESPN). The ceremony honoring Majors will begin at 5:40 p.m.
"It is only fitting to honor such a distinguished playing career," said Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart in a university release. "Johnny Majors is one of the greatest players in the rich and storied tradition of Tennessee football, and we are proud to bestow this honor upon him."
Majors played for the Vols from 1954-1956. He was twice the SEC Player of the Year and an All-SEC selection at tailback. Major was a unanimous All-American in 1956, finishing second in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
Majors, 77, is a native of Lynchburg. He was head coach at Tennessee from 1977 to 1992, compiling a 116-62-8 record.
Tennessee said the No. 45, currently worn by linebacker A.J. Johnson, would remain in circulation in the future "based on the new criteria for these types of honors."
Tennessee said all future retired jerseys would also remain in circulation, but the previous seven numbers that have been retired will continue not to be worn unless "specific permission" is granted by the honoree or surviving family members.
Peyton Manning, Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer, Willis Tucker, Clyde Fuson, Doug Atkins and Reggie White have previously been honored with retired numbers.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.