Tennessee football has a 27 on the field at Neyland Stadium, but what is the number and why is it there for the Flights in Knoxville?
If you’ve watched Tennessee football this year, you may have noticed a unique feature on the pitch at Neyland Stadium: a number 27 in an orange circle on the 27-yard line.
This is something that has not been there for Home Volunteers in recent years. So many fans are wondering what the No.27 is doing there for the Tennessee field.
What’s the 27 on the Tennessee football field?
Prior to the start of the season, the Volunteers agreed to honor former player Al Wilson at the 27-yard line the year he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In addition to the 27 painted on the grounds of the Neyland Stadium, two plaques were also placed on the bricks around the stadium in honor of Wilson.
Tennessee Football: Who Was Al Wilson?
Al Wilson adapted for Flights in the late 1990s, winning multiple All-SEC honors, an All-American nod, and winning a National Championship with Tennessee throughout his time.
Playing in 42 games for the Volunteers, Wilson cemented his legacy as one of the best linebackers in the history of the program, hence the reason the school chose to honor him.
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