One senior member of the University of Tennessee is showing the heart of a True Volunteer.
While many would have already given up and quit, Vols defensive tackle Wes Brown doesn’t even consider those options.
It’s his love for the game of football, it’s his passion for the Big Orange that has him giving it his all at every practice. Even though he may be hurting, he always has a smile on his face and an encouraging word for his teammates.
After multiple knee surgeries, Brown’s status was uncertain heading into the new Lane Kiffin era of Tennessee football.
Kiffin decided to let Brown decide how much he could take and contribute this season, Brown so far hasn’t missed a practice.
“It’s been a struggle,” Brown told the media after Wednesday’s practice. “My team deserves it. This is my last year, I want to get out here and have a great senior season.”
Many might expect Brown to nurse his sore knees and miss a lot of practices, that isn’t going to be the case for this standout defender.
“It’s going to be tough, there are going to be days that I will be sorer than others,” Brown admitted. “If I can’t practice that’s not fair to the other guys. I want to practice, I need to practice, I want to get better everyday.”
That kind of attitude is just what Coach Kiffin is looking for from his seniors in a leadership role. Brown has been an inspiration to his teammates, who realize what he is going through. He is having an impact as a team leader.
"It's great. They know it (hurts). He doesn't have to limp around,“ said Kiffin. “They know what he's been through. He continues to get banged around but he still gets in there and makes plays. It's very good to see an older leader like that perform like that."
Brown said that he plans on playing and contributing to his Volunteers as long as he can.
“It’s up to the good lord,” Brown said. “He is in control, I will play as long as he lets me.”