Two veterans get special trip to Tennessee football game

Two veterans get special trip to Tennessee football game

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Two local veterans, both in their eighties, received a special trip to watch the big orange take on Western Kentucky. Two local veterans, both in their eighties, received a special trip to watch the big orange take on Western Kentucky.
"I watch it on television every year! It's hard to take in," said Roy Gilbert. "I saw them run through the 'T.' That was awesome." "I watch it on television every year! It's hard to take in," said Roy Gilbert. "I saw them run through the 'T.' That was awesome."
"I come here to win! All my life. I was born a Vol," said Ted Webb. "I come here to win! All my life. I was born a Vol," said Ted Webb.
"Because they're in a wheelchair, they can't really just come and sit in a regular seat, so this is an opportunity for them to come and be really comfortable and watch the game," said Angel Knorr of Functional Pathways. "Because they're in a wheelchair, they can't really just come and sit in a regular seat, so this is an opportunity for them to come and be really comfortable and watch the game," said Angel Knorr of Functional Pathways.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Thousands turned out to catch the Tennessee game Saturday in Neyland Stadium, but it was the game of a lifetime for two Vol fans.

Two local veterans, both in their eighties, received a special trip to watch the big orange take on Western Kentucky.

Roy Gilbert and Ted Webb live at the Ben Atchley State Veterans Home in Knoxville and claim to be the biggest Vol fans in Tennessee.

"I come here to win! All my life. I was born a Vol," said Webb.

They got the best seats in the house on Saturday, watching all the orange and white action from a skybox in Neyland Stadium.

"You can see everything," said Gilbert.

"Oh I love it. I couldn't sleep last night," said Webb.

It's all thanks to the company in charge of rehab at Ben Atchley.

Functional Pathways decided to give the two "Vols for Life" the trip when they found out how much they love Tennessee football.

"Because they're in a wheelchair, they can't really just come and sit in a regular seat, so this is an opportunity for them to come and be really comfortable and watch the game," said Angel Knorr of Functional Pathways.

Watching the game in person is the experience of a lifetime for both the vets.

"It's very special," said Webb.

Coming to Tennessee games was a family affair for Webb and his wife, who just recently passed away.

"We had season tickets for 30 years," said Webb.

Now, he's back, thinking of her and all the friends they made through the years in Neyland Stadium.

"I love to see the game. I love to see the friendship with others because there's a lot of people I see that I know," said Webb.

And although Gilbert has loved the Vols for decades, this is the first time he's ever been to a game.

"I watch it on television every year! It's hard to take in," said Gilbert. "I saw them run through the 'T.' That was awesome."

So from the familiar to the brand new, this game day is one these two men will never forget.

"Rocky Top. Rocky Top Tennessee," said Webb.  "I say thank you and I love you all. Thank you."

This is the second year two veterans from Ben Atchley have gotten to attend a Tennessee game thanks to Functional Pathways.

They plan on making this a yearly event.

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