Johnny Majors speaks at Little Rock Touchdown Club (Part 7)jh75

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Johnny Majors from Huntland, TN tried out for the UT Football team weighing 150 pounds. His Father, Shirley Majors his HS Coach,encourage him and then 4 younger brothers all to be Vols. Johnny Majors was the runner-up in 1956 for the Heisman Trophy to Paul Horning, on a loosing Notre Dame team. So much for Northern politics with writers.

Johnny Majors was a great quarterback for Tennessee.

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I got to hear Johnny Majors speak at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on November 7, 2011 and he mentioned Gary Adams who happened to be sitting near me. Here is story on Gary Adams:

Gary Adams named to UA Hall of Honor

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Clay County Times-Democrat
Legendary Piggott athlete Gary Adams will be one of 10 University of Arkansas alumni inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor during a special ceremony Friday, Sept. 2 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center at the Springdale Holiday Inn.Adams, a 1965 PHS graduate, lettered for the Razorback football team from 1966 through 1968 and was an All-Southwest Conference selection each of those three seasons. As a senior in 1968, Adams represented the Hogs as a team captain. Adams had 13 interceptions at defensive back in his career at Fayetteville, which was a school record at the time. His seven interceptions during the 1966 campaign led the SWC and remain among the best marks in Razorback history, tied for the second most in a single season. Adams was selected to the 1960s All-Decade Team.While playing for the Razorbacks, Adams helped the squad compile an overall record of 22-8-1, including a tie for the 1968 SWC championship and a victory over No. 4 Georgia in the 1969 Sugar Bowl. He is considered by many to be among the best athletes to ever done the Razorback red and white.Adams was a 12th round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1969 NFL Draft.Adams will be joined in the Hall of Honor by fellow inductees Steve Cox, Jessica Koch Dailey, Almer Lee, Brison Manor, Jr., Jessica Field Phelan, Pat Serret, Godfrey Siamusiye, Jimmy Walker and the late Fred Grim.

The event will also feature a golf tournament at Fayetteville Country Club. Persons interested in learning more about ticket information for the event may call the Razorback Foundation at (479) 443-9000.

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Clarifying ‘The Stop’

I read with personal interest Mike Stange’s article regarding the famous “The Stop” play in the stupendous upset of LSU by Tennessee on November 7, 1959. LSU was far superior in talent and their great Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon was the most outstanding player on this great team. I was a young freshman coach working the sideline phone that was hooked up to the press box coaching phone that day.

My younger brother, Bill Majors, was a junior tailback and safety man on the Tennessee team. There were three people directly involved on the play that stopped Bill Cannon’s off tackle running attempt to make the two-point play that would have beaten Tennessee.

Charlie Severance of UT was quoted as saying, “I got that good lick on him, like a baseball bat.” Wayne Grubb hit him down there around his feet. “We hit him about the same time and drove him back. Majors came in just a little bit.”

I have seen the Sports Illustrated picture many times and also have viewed the wonderful painting depicting one of the greatest plays in Tennessee history and one of the major upsets in college football history. I also reviewed this play on video this week and I can tell you that it definitely was a three-man stop equally shared by three people.

Severance made a hit on Cannon’s outside chest, Grubb simultaneously hit Cannon at the knees and helped stalemate Cannon as Majors threw his body into Cannon’s midriff to keep Cannon from leaning forward. “The Stop” was definitely a three man stop and Cannon would have scored if any of the three had not done a superb job.

Bill Majors’ brother, John Majors

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