Why did Phillip Fulmer get name-dropped in a congressional hearing on COVID-19?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Phillip Fulmer’s name was invoked this week during a rancorous hearing in the U.S. Senate.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander chairs the powerful Senate Health Committee. Alexander on Tuesday led another in a series of committee hearings on the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Alexander repeatedly stressed the need for Americans to begin wearing masks in public to reduce the spred of the virus. In his opening remarks, Alexander quoted Tennessee football legend Phillip Fulmer saying “If you really, really want to see some football this fall wear a mask.”
The quote comes from a series of posts about masks Fulmer has made in recent weeks to his Twitter account.
In a lengthier post June 25, Fulmer wrote “Everybody keeps asking me if we’re going to be playing football with fans this season. Truth is, Vol fans statewide can help determine that outcome. From now through kickoff, masks are a must.