Senior Bowl executive director and former NFL general manager Phil Savage will be part of the 2016 class of the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame, as will Larry Majors from the school's First Family of Football.
Savage, who also is Eli Gold's color analyst for Alabama football radio broadcasts, was a quarterback and three-time all-conference baseball player who graduated from Sewanee in 1987. Majors ('64), the son of Sewanee Hall of Fame football coach Shirley Majors, was part of the Tigers' 8-0 team in 1963 that outscored its opponents 275-45, and he served eight years as an assistant coach to his father and continues to be an unofficial ambassador for the program.
Continuing them in the induction activities of Sept. 9-10, including at halftime of Sewanee's football home opener against Washington & Lee, will be another football and baseball player, Robert Lee Tolley ('15), basketball players Eddie Krenson ('76) and Jetta McKenzie Pyatt ('83) and the 1999 women's swimming team that won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference meet with 14 individual and relay championships and had 45 All-SCAC performances.
Jane Chapman Fisher from that team was the SCAC female swimmer of the year. She already is in the Sewanee hall.
Tolley played center, running back and quarterback and was All-Southern in football in 1913 and 1914 and an All-American in 1914. During his Tigers football career they went 20-10-3 with Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Florida among the victims under his leadership "as the premier quarterback in the SIAA," according to one account at the time. He later served in World War I and was a Southeastern Conference official.
Krenson is seventh all-time with both 1,344 points and 319 assists for the greatest four-year run (71-32) in Sewanee men's basketball history, and he was a two-time Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the year. He scored 39 points in one game. The 1972-73 team finished 23-4 and is in the school's hall of fame as a group.
Pyatt was a four-year women's basketball starter who wound up with 1,045 points and 623 rebounds while playing with a pair of other hall of famers in Sophie Brawner Correll and Susan Steele Askew.
Savage has been a front-office executive for the NFL's Eagles, Ravens and Browns. He was senior vice president and GM in Cleveland from 2005 to 2008. After serving as an assistant under Bill Curry at Alabama and Homer Smith at UCLA, he worked in the World League of American Football and then got his first NFL job on Bill Belichick's Browns staff.