Feels Like 98 Countdown to Kick Off: Day 27
Number 27 on the list is a man who needs absolutely no introduction, Tennessee Volunteer legend, Al Wilson. Known as the undisputed leader of the defense, as well as the team, Al Wilson dominated in the 1998 season. In the annual Florida matchup, Wilson punished the Gators by setting the school record for forced fumbles in a single game with 3. That season he also set the record for 2nd most forced fumbles in a season with 5. Wilson was named a 1998 All-American and SEC All-American, as well as Captain of the 1998 Championship Volunteers. After his time in Knoxville, like most from the 1998 squad, Wilson went on to the NFL where he would continue to dominate. He was drafted with the 31st pick in the 1999 draft to the Denver Broncos. There Wilson would play in all but 2 games recording 712 tackles, 8 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recovers, 5 interceptions, a touchdown, and 5 pro-bowl appearances (01, 02, 03, 05, and 06). Unfortunately Wilson’s career was ended early due to a back injury suffered on a fake field goal attempt against Seattle in 2006. After some time in rehab, Wilson attempted a comeback, but the injury was too much to overcome. Wilson officially announced his early retirement, in what could have been a hall of fame career, in 2008.