Tennessee Volunteers safety Todd Kelly Jr. will be wearing a very special number during the 2016 college football season.
On Monday, it was reported that Kelly is set to change his jersey number from No. 6 to No. 24 in order to honor 15-year-old Zaevian Dobson, who was killed while shielding three young women in a shooting in Knoxville last winter.
Dobson, who played football for Fulton High School, wore No. 24 as a player.
“That’s something TK and I talked long and hard about,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said via VolQuest.com. “He wanted to represent him and his family and this great community. I think it speaks volume of TK.”
The kind gesture from Kelly comes after Dobson was honored at the 2016 ESPY Awards with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
It’s great to see that Dobson’s memory lives on and he continues to be honored for his brave actions on that fateful day.