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    Best Athlete to ever play at UT

    Here you are: . Fast-forward to the 5:30 mark. For more legends and lore pertaining to Doug Atkins, see The Legendary Exploits of Doug Atkins: Must Reading for young Vol Fans.
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    Best Athlete to ever play at UT

    In this context, I define “best athlete” in terms of versatility and a high level of achievement in multiple sports. Just as Jim Thorpe was proclaimed the “greatest athlete in the world" after winning the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Olympic Games, this honor, in my mind, unquestionably...
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    The Legendary Exploits of Doug Atkins: Must Reading for young Vol Fans

    Yep. Jim Brown was about 6-2, 228 lbs. He was the first elite back to combine size, speed and power . . . and he was a full generation ahead of Hershel Walker and Bo Jackson. He had some utterly epic duels with a host of great NFL middle linebackers.
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    The Legendary Exploits of Doug Atkins: Must Reading for young Vol Fans

    There are times when it is far wiser to remain silent and be regarded as a fool than to open one’s mouth and prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that one is a fool. In Doug Atkin’s case, he was one of three former Tennessee players who made the NFL 100 ALL-TIME TEAM (NFL 100). The other two were...
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    All time defensive line

    That was going to be my next citation. This video clip was also included in at least one other old NFL Films production. Fast-forward to the 4:34 mark (). There are only about 4:00 of coverage pertaining to Doug, but they are truly vintage stuff. Perhaps the most impressive of which are the...
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    All time defensive line

    That may be the one. I don't remember with certainty.
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    All time defensive line

    Again, many of these old links are no longer operative, but the stories bear repeating. ‘tis like tribal elders telling their grandchildren of the days when gods walked the earth: According to this story from Marvin West, Johnny Unitas wasn't exaggerating about throwing would-be blockers at the...
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    All time defensive line

    I don’t remember the name of that narrator, but his deep booming voice, along with the classic sound of music chosen to accompany those old NFL films, really conveyed the message that Doug truly was an unstoppable force of nature.
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    All time defensive line

    For a hilarious story of how Doug Atkins helped Bill Anderson, John Ward's old sidekick, make the Washington Redskins’ roster by deliberately making it look like Anderson was able to consistently block Atkins in a preseason game, tune in to the 5:30 mark of .
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    All time defensive line

    Here are a few sometimes awestruck, sometimes hilarious comments that expound upon the intimidation factor that Doug Atkins naturally evoked: Bill Curry (Colts center, 1967-72) on playing Doug Atkins: "This guy is not a regular human being. If we don't irritate him, he will not kill any of us...
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    All time defensive line

    According to Warren Ariail, the Saints’ trainer in 1968-69, “Johnny Unitas told me one time [that] Doug was the only player he was afraid of. Dick Butkus said the same thing. Now if you can imagine Dick Butkus being afraid of someone, you get an idea of how Doug affected people.” Wildman...
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    All time defensive line

    That is an interesting perspective and it does justice to the various defensive line schemes that Tennessee has used over the years.
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    All time defensive line

    Yes, the only difference is that, if Atkins played with the benefits of today’s state-of-the-art strength and conditioning programs, plus nutritional and supplementation protocols, he would be even more powerful than the player who dominated the SEC and NFL for 20 years. He would probably be...
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    All time defensive line

    Well, Wrangler, let’s formally and fully introduce him to the younger members of Big Orange Nation: The Legendary Exploits of Doug Atkins: Must Reading for young Vol Fans. Atkins truly was a larger-than-life figure both at UT and in the NFL. With his swashbuckling style, you might almost call...
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    All time defensive line

    Ken was Steve DeLong’s younger brother. A “two-time, All-SEC selection” in his own right, Ken played tight end from 1967-69. If we were talking about great linebackers at Tennessee, we cannot omit Steve’s son, Keith, from discussion. “Despite the Vols finishing 5-6 in 1988, DeLong earned...

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