This season will be a homecoming of sorts for Tennessee’s cornerbacks coach as Terry Fair has returned to Knoxville to be a member of Jeremy Pruitt’s first staff in Knoxville. Considering he knows all about excelling on the field in a Volunteer jersey, his word likely carries added weight in the Tennessee locker room for many of the players on the roster.

Fair started all four years he played at Tennessee, earning All-SEC Freshman honors, was twice named as an All-SEC honoree helped the program capture the 1997 SEC Championship. He went on to become a first-round selection by the Lions in the 1998 NFL Draft and played several seasons in the league before starting his career as a coach.

During a recent team meeting, Fair’s message to the players was simple — remember who you represent as a member of the Volunteer family.

“When you put on that T, you are not just known in the state of Tennessee, that T means something,” Fair said. “When you put it on, you wear it with pride. It’s not something to be disrespected. Who do you represent? You represent the University of Tennessee. You represent this football team. You represent each other. You represent your family. You represent your community.

“How you treat people and how you want to be treated will follow you for the rest of your life.”

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