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Tennessee Athletics | August 7, 2014

Former Tennessee back Milner dies at 90

Orvis Milner
Tennessee endured a great loss Tuesday with the passing of Orvis Milner, 90.

Milner was a football and baseball letterman for the Vols, playing for the legendary Gen. Robert R. Neyland on the gridiron in 1946 and '47. He was a starting blocking back on the 1946 team, which finished 9-2-0 en route to winning the Southeastern Conference, playing in the Orange Bowl, and finishing seventh in the nation in the final AP poll.

After Milner's college athletic career ended, he turned to the golf course to satisfy his competitive urge.

Milner never missed a chance to give back to his beloved university, and was a very generous sponsor and supporter to the University of Tennessee's men's golf program for several decades.

"Orvis Milner was a true Southern gentleman in every sense of the word," UT men's golf coach Jim Kelson said.

"He was a football player for Gen. Neyland, and a baseball player after returning to UT as a veteran. He has been an ardent supporter of Tennessee men's golf and it was always nice to see his smiling face. He possessed an infectious positive, caring and genuine attitude among every person he met.

"A lot of people will be saddened by his passing," Kelson said. "He was a true Vol For Life."

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