Despite having played for Tennessee nearly two decades ago, the collegiate accolades continue to roll in for Al Wilson.
The captain of Tennessee’s 1998 National Championship team was recently in the news in Knoxville as his photo was the selection made by the school to replace Butch Jones’ photo on the back of Neyland Stadium’s jumbotron. Now, Wilson is in the news again.
Thursday, the Senior Bowl announced Wilson would be among the latest inductees to go into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame. Wilson, along with Phil Villapiano and Jay Novacek, will be inducted in Mobile, Ala., later this month. The three will join the 114 players currently in the Senior Bowl’s Hall of Fame. Since the game’s 69-year history, over it has had over 5,000 participants.
Wilson played in the 1999 edition of the game.
Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage offered up these comments on Wilson in a prepared statement on the game’s website:
“Al has a connection to Mobile through former Tennessee teammate, Tee Martin, when both helped the Vols win the 1998 national championship. After playing in the 1998 game, he established himself very quickly as one of the elite linebackers in the NFL with his playing instincts and explosive tackling ability.”