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Eric Berry Shows Off His Vol Trad

  Recently, VFL Films did an inspiring segment on Eric Berry's return to the NFL after beating cancer. Alongside Eric is his friend and mentor, former Vol Inky Johnson. He returned to the NFL on September 13th of this year, less than a year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.  We are incredibly excited that he wore our Navy Vols Patch Tee during his '100 Yards' piece and we couldn't be happier about his return to the Chiefs.

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The Rifleman Logo: A Vol Trad History Lesson

  Tradition plays a huge part in both our company and The University of Tennessee. Since the founding of our company on the UT campus, there was a question that kept popping up from those that understood our brand best. Fans wanted some classy apparel to support the Vols, something their dad and graddad would be proud to wear. Instead most merchandise they found being made for the Tennessee was flat bill hats, growling smokey logos, and polos with abrasively large Power T’s on them.When we were approached by the University in an official capacity about possibly creating licensed products, we knew exactly what we wanted to create. Nothing says Classic Tennessee like the Rifleman logo.  Featuring Davy Crockett wielding a...

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UT Checkerboard: A Vol Trad History Lesson

It's where the Vols score touchdowns at home. It's where Smokey runs after the extra point is made. It's synonymous with The University of Tennessee.  The Orange and White colors were picked by Charles Moore, a player for the first Volunteer Football squad in 1891. He saw the American Daisies on The Hill on campus and decided that was the perfect color for their uniforms.    Black and white photo from 1939 team for color reference. The checkerboard end-zones didn't come until 1964 when Coach Doug Dickey released them for the game against Boston College. They were used until 1968, when the Volunteers switched to artificial turf. Then in 1989, the iconic checkerboard end-zones returned, and following that so did...

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Our Vols Patch: A Vol Trad History Lesson

Rad. That's the word I would use to describe our Vols Patch. It's a classic for sure.  Just look at this picture circa 1995: If that's not full-on rad Vols I don't know what is.  This elusive logo is known by many names to many people, the Johnny Majors Helmet Logo, the Bud Ford Logo, 'That One Old Logo with the Helmet'. We decided to make it easy for everyone, so we turned it into a patch and called it exactly that. It's still got that same vintage awesomeness with a modern touch.    Items with our Vols Patch Design are available for purchase below:  Vols Patch Drywick Polos                      ...

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Smokey: A Vol Trad History Lesson

There's one constant in Neyland Stadium for every home game. Smokey.  UT's live mascot was selected in 1953 by the student body during halftime of the Mississippi State game. The breed of dog, Bluetick Coonhound, is native to Tennessee and was also chosen via a polling by the Pep Club. To select the first mascot, 'contestants' were led out by their handlers and fans were instructed to cheer for their favorite dog. The last hound, "Brooks Blue Smokey", was led up to the cheerleader's ramp to be seen by everyone in attendance. The announcers called Blue Smokey's name and he howled. The crowd cheered. The dog howled even louder. The crowd and dog continued going back and forth until the...

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