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71-year-old Vol fan meets his Tennessee hero

8:15 PM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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At 71 years old, David McMahan proves you're never too old to check things off your bucket list. Even one 57 years in the making.

Growing up in Knoxville, David idolized Tennessee teammates Johnny Majors and Buddy Cruze.

The proof is in the pages.

David has an entire scrapbook dedicated to the 1956 SEC Championship season.

It's a dream pushed by a diagnosis. David has stage 4 lung cancer.

With the help of his best friend, he was able to share these memories with his life long heroes Thursday. Majors and Cruze met David at a restaurant in Dandridge. They stayed for two hours, sharing stories about the '56 season. It was a moment 57 years in the making, and one that brought David to tears.

 

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