KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The announcement of the death of former Tennessee football co-captain and Vol Network color man Bill Anderson made many take pause Tuesday afternoon.
Anderson had been a part of so many Tennessee football memories for so many people, and for so many years, he will be missed but never forgotten.
The older generations remember his playing days with the Vols — and later Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I.
But most everyone recalls Anderson’s color commentary alongside legendary broadcast John Ward, right through Tennessee’s national championship game win over Florida State following the 1998 season.
The Vol Network has long been a part of the lifestyle for many Tennesseans, it’s programming reaching out across the state and now across the nation via the Internet.
Anderson was a celebrated figure from the first game he called alongside Ward in the 1968 season opener against Georgia.
“The Vol Network and University of Tennessee fans have lost a family man and a giant of a man today in the passing of Bill Anderson,” IMG/Vol Network general manager Steve Early said.
“Bill was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word. So many of us grew up hanging on his breakdown of what happened, and many times what was about to happen,” Early said.
“He will forever be missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family.”
Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss Anderson is greater detail and provide perspective of his important to the Vol Network and Tennessee fanbase in today’s podcast.