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Johnny Majors on Perry Como, 1956

Vol fans don't have much TV watching to do this bowl season, but thanks to archivists Bradley Reeves of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, and Barry Rice, of UT, we can reminisce, with a 1956 clip from the Perry Como show.

That year, Look Magazine came up with its own All-American Football Team, and with the help of American Airlines, Perry flew almost all of them to New York to appear on his show. They lined them all up against each other in their respective school uniforms. Como walked among them and asked them each to take their helmets off and introduce themselves.

Several are recognizable to football fans, including future Green Bay star Paul Hornung and the already famous Jim Brown, before his careers in Cleveland and in Hollywood, when he played for Syracuse. In that dramatic year for civil rights, when many teams, especially those of the SEC, were still all white, they integrated on Como's stage for this purpose.

There are a couple of Vols on the team, including wide receiver Buddy Cruze, and the last guy Perry Como talks to. Como had asked them to give their name, college, and weight.

"John Majors, University of Tennessee, 167." The UT tailback and future coach was among the lightest on that stage.

Como responds, "That's about my size!"

"I can't sing, though," Majors deadpans.

Como finds that pretty funny.

All the players got new Elgin watches for their trouble.

Majors is still a good sport after all these years, especially when it comes to onstage cameos. Two months ago at the Tennessee Theatre, he surprised a Tennessee Theatre audience, dancing with his wife in the famous ballroom scene from Stauss's Die Fledermaus, in Knoxville Opera's production. 



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