JR Carr – Vol Football 2010-2013

As a former male student-athlete from the University of Tennessee I am curious and concerned as to why the athletic department has decided to remove the “Lady” of the Lady Vols.

Since I first stepped on campus one thing that has been engrained into me is the belief of tradition, respect, and understanding that someone else before myself has dawned the power T. It was my duty to represent the T as best I could, to show respect to those who have paved the way before me.

KNOXVILLE, TN - August 12, 2013 - deepsnapper J.R. Carr #53 of the Tennessee Volunteers during training camp. Photo By Donald Page:Tennessee Athletics

I have no doubt that the female athletes have been taught to have the same respect for those who wore the Lady Vols logo. I know that the female athletes have just as much pride as the male athletes do for those who have come before them. Pat Summit, Candace Parker, Holly Warlick, Monica Abbott, Beverly Robinson, Peta Kelly, and Cathy Rattray just to name a few have all represented the Lady Vol symbol with pride. Current and future Lady Vols understand what those before them have done, and the logo is a way to honor the past while paving a way for the future.

Senior Day Announcements at the SEC matchup between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Matthew S. DeMaria:Tennessee Athletics

I truly hope to see the Lady Vol name and logo remain as it has in the past. From a male athlete it is evident to see we VFL’s honor the past which is great. I do not need to go into detail because if you walk into the Neyland-Thompson sports complex it is evident male athletes pride themselves on those who wore the Power T before them. It was and is a honor to wear the shade of orange, and the same Power T logo as Peyton Manning, Reggie White, Leonard Little, Antone Davis, etc… The list goes on forever. I believe the female athletes should have right to wear and honor those before them with the Lady Vol logo.

KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9, 2013 - deepsnapper J.R. Carr #53 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the SEC matchup between the Auburn Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Ruth Tedrick:Tennessee Athletics

Best,

JR Carr

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4 thoughts on “JR Carr – Vol Football 2010-2013

  1. Thank you so much for understanding the pride and tradition of all UT athletes. I have long supported all sports at our great institution and there are so many proud women who paved the way for the Lady Vol logo to be respected world wide. I hope that those who have not been a part of the University of Tennessee heritage who are now making these terrible choices will discuss this issue with Pat Summitt, Joan Cronan, and all of the others who truly understand the legacy of the Lady Vols heritage. Mr. Cheeks and Mr. Hart obviously do not “get it.”

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  2. Thanks JR, you have nailed it precisely. I would say nearly 100 percent of my Lady Vol teammates would agree. I just wish the Athletic director would listen to us. It does more damage to change the logo than he gains from his so called unity rebranding nonsense.

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