Paul Naumoff, co-captain and All-American on the 1966 Tennessee Volunteers football team, died on Friday at the age of 73.
The Columbus, Ohio native led the Vols to an 8-3 mark and a win over Syracuse in the 1966 Gator Bowl as a linebacker. He moved to the position from defensive end after linebacker Tom Fisher’s unexpected death.
Naumoff also started at wide receiver for the Vols in 1964.
An All-SEC First Team selection and the co-captain of his team in addition to his consensus All-America honors, Naumoff is perhaps best remembered for tackling Syracuse’s Larry Csonka in the 1966 Gator Bowl to keep the star from scoring and preserving an 18-12 victory for the Vols.
He was selected to the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Tennessee and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Melva Naumoff, a son and two daughters.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, in the sanctuary of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church followed by a Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.