Tennessee has reportedly parted ways with former player Antone Davis, who coordinated the football program’s outreach program, Vol For Life, since Derek Dooley was the coach.

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Davis is a former Tennessee All-American and NFL offensive tackle who earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in his senior season of 1990. Jimmy Hyams of Sports Radio WNML reported the news that Davis would step down within two weeks.

Part of the job was to “positively influence” current players and better connect with lettermen.

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“I have gotten to know Antone and he is just an impressive person,” then-Tennessee coach Dooley said when Davis was hired. “Obviously, he was a great player at Tennessee, had a long NFL career and really turned what could have been a real negative situation in his life into a positive and he was able to be an ambassador for Tennessee for a while. He’s excited and, hopefully, he is going to have a real positive effect on a lot of the guys on our team and I think he will.

When he took the job, Davis came off finishing runnerup on the television show, The Biggest Loser, and has shared his inspiring story as a platform to discuss health and life skills.

Davis reportedly lost 202 pounds during the show, taking his weight from 447 to 245 in the season finale in December 2011.

Dooley’s goal for the program was to reshape the culture of the program into one that produces not only great players and teams, but even greater men.