Wiedmer: Johnny Majors was about so much more than football

AP photo by Wade Payne / Former University of Tennessee football player and coach Johnny Majors waves to fans while being recognized during the Vols' home game against Mississippi State on Oct. 12, 2019.

Former Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Mississippi State football coach Jackie Sherrill called into "The Paul Finebaum Show" on Wednesday afternoon to reminisce about Johnny Majors, who was Sherrill's boss at Iowa State and Pittsburgh.

He said he'd just spoken to Majors for an hour on Sunday night. Suddenly overcome with emotion about the 85-year-old University of Tennessee legend's passing early Wednesday, Sherrill began to sob. Within the Volunteer State, where Majors was renowned as both a player and a coach for the Vols, Sherrill's emotions have surely been repeated thousands of times.

"As a teenager, I rode the White Star Lines bus from Maryville to Knoxville and sold all my UT programs before the game started so I could watch every Johnny Majors run and pass and punt and quick kick," said U.S.