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King University News :: Spend an Evening with Three-Time Super Bowl Champion Bill Bates

Kick off the New Year and get in the Super Bowl spirit with former UT Vol and Dallas Cowboy Bill Bates at King College Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m.  A member of the 1992, 1993, and 1995 Super Bowl Championship teams, Bates is one of the NFL's true success stories.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Bates began his sports career starring in football, basketball, and as a sprinter on the track team at Farragut High School.  He then went on to a successful college football career at the University of Tennessee as a four-year starting safety and earned a reputation as the Vol's hardest hitter and surest tackler.  Bates was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference his junior and senior seasons.  He was recently awarded a position on the 100 Year All Tennessee Team and inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.

Bates overcame great odds when, in 1983, he made the Dallas Cowboys team as a long shot free agent rookie.  He immediately became a visible figure on the field with is ferocious special teams play.  Bates' notoriety helped propel the NFL into adding a spot on the Pro Bowl teams for Special Teams coverage players.  In 1984, he became the first NFC player so honored.

Bates' leadership and intelligence helped the Cowboy's Special Teams become one of the NFL's very best.  He was a very visible member of the Dallas nickel defense at middle linebacker position.  His last minute interception at Chicago's Soldier Field preserved Dallas' 17 - 13 win in the team's triumphant return to the playoffs after a six-year absence, and will surely go down as one of the big plays in the rebuilding of the Dallas Cowboys.

An inspirational team leader, Bates exemplified the qualities of perseverance and dedication every time he stepped onto the field.  Prior to the 1990 season, Jimmy Johnson tabbed Bates as the Cowboys' Special Teams captain.  When Barry Switzer took over, he made sure Bates role would remain the same and as a result, Bates held the position for Coach Switzer's five-year tenure.  When Bates retired in 1997, he tied the club record for service with 15 seasons in Dallas.  In that time he amassed 217 games played, over 700 tackles, and 14 interceptions.

Since leaving the NFL, Bates works to create a safer environment for football players through the production of air-cooled shoulder pads and is also involved in a custom home business and video streaming sports networking company.  He has donated his time and energy to many charitable organizations including:  March of Dimes, Children's Advocacy Center, United Way, Children's Medical Center, Scottish Rite Hospital, FCA, Campus Crusade and Young Life. Recently, he started the Bill Bates Foundation for Children to raise money for worthwhile organizations that help children.

To order your tickets for An Evening with Super Bowl Champion Bill Bates, call the King College Development Office at 423.652.4864.  The price of admission includes dinner and the evenings' proceeds will benefit the King College Annual Scholarship Fund.  Wachovia, a Wells Fargo company, WCQR, and King College sponsor the event.  For more information, visit www.king.edu.