Hall of Famer Chip Kell Passes Away

A versatile performer who played both center and guard for the Volunteers, Kell twice earned All-America honors.

IRVING, Texas (May 29, 2024) – Chip Kell, a 2006 College Football Hall of Fame inductee who starred at center and guard for Tennessee from 1968-70, passed away May 26. He was 75.

“Chip Kell did it all in Knoxville, dominating opponents and twice earning All-America honors,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “He truly loved of the game, and he embraced his role as a Hall of Famer, becoming a regular fixture at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner and welcoming subsequent legends to the Hall of Fame fraternity. He will be missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends the Vols during this difficult time.”