Mark Wiedmer: Ayres going out limping but with reason for pride

University of Tennessee tight ends Joseph Ayres, left, and Brock Collier complete a drill before a scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Knoxville. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee tight ends Joseph Ayres, left, and Brock Collier complete a drill before a scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Knoxville. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — It's unlikely Joseph Ayres will ever have even the vaguest recollection of his first trip to Neyland Stadium to watch a University of Tennessee football game.

"He was less than a year old at the time," said his father, Joe Ayres.

But for the rest of his life he expects to remember gingerly running through the "T" as a UT player for the final time when the Volunteers host Vanderbilt tonight.

"I'm trying not to think about it," said the fifth-year senior who is recovering from September ACL surgery. "It kind of chokes me up."

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Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

Best of luck for the future to this young man. You can't help but pull for someone who wants to play for your school and only for your school. He sacrificed a lot to be a Vol and I was very disappointed for him when he got hurt. His parents are deservedly proud of him.

FWBVol writes:

I've never met young Mr. Ayres, but, like most students that spend any time at all at UT, I did have a few classes in building named for his great-great-grandfather.

Best wishes to Joseph Ayers and all the Volunteer seniors.

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