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Tennessee honors Helton, retires his baseball No. 3

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton told
Tennessee Volunteers pitcher Aaron Everett it was OK to continue wearing
Helton's old jersey number, but Everett politely declined.

Helton's No. 3 has been permanently retired by Tennessee -- the
first baseball number so enshrined by the Volunteers.

More than 1,300 people, including family, friends and former
teammates, turned out Wednesday night to mark the occasion and
honor the Knoxville native, who played for Tennessee in the 1990s.

The mayor proclaimed it "Todd Helton Day," and a street was
named "Todd Helton Drive."

"I was worried I wouldn't be able to convey what it really
means to me to have my number retired," Helton told the crowd. "I
am truly honored to be sitting in front of you and have that jersey
with the University of Tennessee on it."

Everett, a junior, has worn No. 3 the past two seasons. Helton
said he was fine with Everett finishing out his time at Tennessee in No.
3, and shook his hand.

But at Helton's banquet Wednesday, Everett was wearing No. 9.

Helton wore No. 2 as the starting quarterback on the football team,
until an injury gave Indianapolis Colts star Peyton Manning his
shot at the starting job as a freshman in 1994.