Tennessee football will honor one of the school’s legends on its helmets this fall. Butch Jones announced Saturday that a commemorative sticker has been added to the Vols’ helmets for the 2016 season honoring Pat Summitt, a living legend in college basketball until her death at the age of 64.
Summitt, college basketball’s all-time wins leader with 1,098 victories and eight national titles, died in June after a battle with early-onset dementia. As the leader of the Lady Vols for nearly four decades, Summitt was an icon for Tennessee athletics and a champion of women’s sports around the country.
“We are excited about wearing a commemorative sticker on the back of our helmet to honor the late Pat Summitt,” Jones said Saturday. “We all know everything that she stands for and I think it is very fitting that Tennessee football and Team 120 recognize her and everything that she means to the University of Tennessee and the great state of Tennessee and for sports in general.”
The sticker will be a capital “P” inside a circle, designed to match the first letter of Summitt’s signature.
Summitt announced in August 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer retired at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season after coaching at Tennessee for 38 years. She won a Division I record 1,098 games and eight national championships while guiding the Lady Vols to 22 Final Fours and 16 SEC titles. She was NCAA Coach of the Year seven times.
Source: CBS Sports / Tennessee to honor the late legend Pat Summitt with helmet stickers in 2016