Just three days after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Ole Miss linebacker D.T. Shackelford was named the 22nd recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award on Thursday. He became the first junior to win the award will also be the first player since the 2005 season to wear Mullins’ No. 38 on the sidelines.
The award, sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, honors the late Chucky Mullins, who had his Ole Miss career come to an end during the 1989 Homecoming game against Vanderbilt when he was paralyzed after making a tackle. After returning to his studies at Ole Miss, Mullins passed away on May 6, 1991.
The award takes on special significance this year as the No. 38 is returning to the field for the first time since it became just the second retired number in the Rebels’ storied football history in 2006, joining Archie Manning’s No. 18.
“I never want something to just be about me, because I didn’t get here on my own,” said Shackelford following his emotional acceptance speech. “My family, my coaches and my teammates have helped make me who I am.” (April 15, 2011, Page 6A)