Erik Ainge to speak at East’s Kickoff Dinner

Posted on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Former University of Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge will be the guest speaker at the Morristown East Kickoff Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 14, at Russellville Baptist Church.

Former University of Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge will be the guest speaker at the Morristown East Kickoff Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 14, at Russellville Baptist Church.

One of the best quarterbacks to play for the Tennessee Volunteers will visit Morristown on Thursday, Aug. 14, to be the featured speaker at Morristown East’s football kickoff banquet.

Erik Ainge, a four-year starter for the Vols and a former New York Jets back up, will speak to the Hurricanes team, fans and supporters during a dinner at Russellville Baptist Church beginning at 6 p.m.

Hurricane Force Booster Club president Steve Samsel said he is excited for Ainge to speak to the team and share his unique story.

“We are extremely happy to have former UT quarterback Erik Ainge as our guest speaker,” Samsel said. “I know he will have a great message and he is equally excited to come.”

During his four years at Tennessee, Ainge completed 733 of 1,210 passes for 8,700 yards, 72 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.

His seven touchdown passes against Kentucky in 2007 remains an SEC single-game record. His 325 completions in 2007 remains a school single-season record, and his total yardage of 3,522 yards in 2007 trails only Peyton Manning’s 1997 tally of 3,789 yards for the school single-season record.

His total career yardage is the third-most in school history behind Manning (11,020) and Casey Clausen (9,577).

He was named a freshman All-American in 2004 and the SEC Offensive Freshman of the Year while capturing an Academic All-SEC honor in 2005.

Ainge was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, and he remained with the team until his retirement from football in 2011.

He currently hosts the “Erik Ainge Show” on Tennessee Sports Radio in Knoxville.

The cost to attend the dinner is $15 for adults and $8 for kids under the age of 10. For more information on the dinner, contact Samsel at 865-740-4060.

-By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor

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