Simply put, Tennessee lost a legend Wednesday night as the Vol Network announced the passing of John Ward at the age of 87.

The voice of a generation of Volunteer fans, Ward called the pinnacle of Tennessee football in the modern era culminating in his final broadcast, the National Championship Game victory over Florida State.

Following his passing, all corners of Vol Nation were quick to react. They include former players, media members, fans and Tennessee’s athletic director and former coach Phillip Fulmer. Tennessee released the following statement from Fulmer following the news:

“Our entire Tennessee family mourns the loss of the great John Ward. The University of Tennessee has lost one of its most beloved ambassadors.

“For generations of Vol fans, John’s voice brought to life many of their fondest memories of Tennessee football and basketball. His visionary thinking paved the way for the Vol Network’s rise to prominence as the standard bearer for intercollegiate athletics marketing and broadcasting.

“Despite our shared sadness, I believe it is appropriate to proudly reflect on and cherish the fact that John was ours. We will ensure that his legacy and memory are appropriately honored in the days, months and years to come.”

Here is a collection of some of the touching tributes paid to Ward on social media following his passing:

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