Morristown East High School Retires Second Marshall "Snake" Mills's Jersey
Morristown, TN- Marshall Mills's daughter, Karla Mills and sister, Monalisa Mills surrounding by family listening to the public address announcer as he read the accomplishment of Marshall, as Morristown East Athlete Director, Morgan Watkins, Principal Joe Ely and Hamblen County School Board official unviel Marshall jersey.
Marshall, who excell in basketball and football is the first athlete in Morristown East history to have two jerseys retire.
Marshall is remember as one of the greatest athletes in Morristown East athletic history. Mills had an illustrious football and basketball career for the Hurricanes, in which he receieved countless awards and held many school records.
Mills is described as being quick as a cat with leaping ability of a gazelle. He had an excellent shot was know for shooting long range jumpers before a 3 point line existed. He was given the nickname 'Snake' in the Citizen Tribune because of his slippery and quick moves. Mills was only 6 foot 2 but played much larger than that, and he was a rebounding machine. He once pulled down 31 rebounds in a single night.
Mills was excellent when the pressure was high, in one regional tournment game he rescued the Hurricanes by scoring the last 17 points of the game, leading to a 68-63 win for the Canes. Mills highest singel game performance came in another regional tournment game against Rogersville, in which he had 38 points and 17 rebounds. That performance put his total career points at just over 2,000 points, an impressive feat that no other Morristown player had accomplished at that time.
Mills had another exceptional performance against cross town rival Morristown West, scoring 30 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and hitting two free throws in the fading seconds to put East up by two.
Mills scoring average for three seasons was 20.2, with 19 rebounds per game. One of Mills's teammates, Frank Parker, said that Mills was the best athlete to ever attend Morristown East, and that he could control a game all by himself, because he just had that kind of ability. He could do it all.
Mills piled up honors in two sports that would rival any athlete in TN. He is the only Morristown player to make all-state and all-american in both sports. He was All-State for basketball in both 1970 and 1971. Mills finished his career as a Hurricanes with 1, 574 all-time rebounds and 2,058 career points, which is still the standing record for most points scored in a career.
Tragically Mills' life was cut short at the age of 38 ub a vehicle accident in Nashville, TN in December of 1991. His funeral was held in the Isenberg-Siler Gym.
Tonight, January 14, 2020 the announcer said, we honor Marshall and his accomplishments by retiring the #10 basketball jersey which will join his football jersey #9 which was retire a few years ago.