Vols Heading to the Super Bowl
Updated: Jan 24
Written by: Dylan Saylor
As we all get excited for Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers on Feb 2nd in Miami, you should know that some former Tennessee Volunteers will be taking the field! The two Vols who will get to experience this dream come true moment are; punter, Dustin Colquitt for the Kansas City Chiefs and defensive back, Emmanuel Mosley for the 49ers.
Emmanuel Mosley played for former HC Butch Jones. During his playing career with the Vols, he started 31 of 51 games! Even though he wasn’t the main DB used during his time at Tennessee, he was arguably one of Butch Jones’ best players that we can all agree was under-utilized. By the end of his career, his stats were pretty good (despite not being used like he should’ve). 142 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 31 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions. After the 2018 season, Mosley went undrafted and was signed by the San Francisco 49ers, then cut in April, but then resigned with a new contract in September of 2018. Now, Emmanuel is starting on the other side of super bowl winner, Richard Sherman. He might have been underestimated throughout college and the beginning of his career, yet here he will be- playing as one of the DB’s in the game. Let us not forget he also recorded a key interception in the NFC championship against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Dustin Colquitt, a local Knoxville kid, generational family punter, and one of the best punters the University of Tennessee has probably ever witnessed. Colquitt played for now AD and former Vols coach Phillip Fulmer; as a junior Colquitt was 1st team all-SEC and consensus 1st team all American, then as a senior 1st team all-SEC again. After the 2004 season, Colquitt was drafted by the Chiefs in the 3rd round and ended up signing a 1.34 million contract in his rookie season. Colquitt also has set the record for the longest recorded punt (81 yards), and in 2013 signed a extension worth 18.75 million- making him the highest paid punter in the NFL.
I don’t know about you, but as a Vols fan it’s hard to choose a side. You have Mosley’s underdog story competing with Colquitt’s rich family history/ties to the university. All I can say is Vol nation will be rooting for both players and hope they do great! It’ll be both players first Super Bowl appearance so emotions will be high and they should be hype for an opportunity to hold the Lambardi trophy.
Go Vols! 🍊