Give Him Six

Legendary “Voice of the Vols” John Ward passed away this month at the age of 88. So many of us cut our teeth as Vol fans by listening to him on the radio while we watched the games on muted TVs, or listened to him through our headsets while we attended the games just across the river at Neyland Stadium. His broadcast added a sixth dimension to our sensory inputs when we were at the games, and provided a “lifeline” when it was not possible to attend. Always so well prepared, he had such extraordinary control and precision in the way he delivered the spoken word. Even more impressive, he was a rather humble man who “belonged” to every Tennessee fan. Neighbor Kevin will always remember how shocked Ward was when Kevin asked him to sign his diplomas during one of his final Kickoff Call-In Shows. He asked Kevin if he was “sure” about wanting him to “mark them up”. Kevin reassured him that he had already left his “mark” on him throughout his college experience and that it would be his privilege to have him sign them. Indeed, John Ward was so humble and honored, he congratulated Kevin and held them up for everyone to see. To celebrate the man who gave us so many memories, read six of the most famous phrases he gave us by visiting THIS LINK.


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