Andre Lott already signed his autographs with his new title.
Now the former Tennessee defensive back can add Vol for Life to his business cards as well.
The latest addition to coach Derek Dooley's staff has spent the last few years trying to find his way back to his alma mater, but Lott was no longer sure on-the-field coaching was right for him. He found a niche doing it off the field, though, making him the ideal candidate for a reunion with UT this week as the coordinator of its new Character Education program - which ranked among Dooley's highest priorities in his reorganization of the Vols.
"When you think about it, this is one of the most important things to a program because it's real-life issues," Lott said. "You have to make the right decisions off the field. It's about helping you deal with issues as far as setting up interviews, how you interview, how you dress, all those different things. What was so good is that I was able to take advantage of the opportunities I had when I was there at UT, and I took advantage of every opportunity knowing that I wasn't going to play football forever.
"You know, we'd come back to UT as old players, old teammates, we'd put our names down as 'Vols for Life.' It's funny, it's the same thing I'm doing now."
Lott already considered himself a Vol for Life after his productive career wrapped up as a team captain in 2001, though that title is officially his thanks to Dooley's recently created program.
His position will be responsible for helping the Vols develop away from the game, and the focus will be on personal growth in terms of character, spirituality, life skills and future career. Lott has had experience dealing with all those issues in a similar position with the Hardin County, Tenn., school system, and he obviously knows firsthand how to apply them at UT.
"Just like me and Coach Dooley were talking about, I've been through everything they're trying to do," Lott said. "I've played at UT, I've played some good years in the NFL and I had a professional career after football, so I am the prime example because I was able to stay humble and force the issue of providing for a family once football was over.
"I've been doing this for the last three years and I kind of thought I wanted to get into coaching, and what happened was I honestly enjoyed my job more than playing football. Before I even applied for this job I was going to get out of football and really focus on what I was doing there because I really enjoyed it and I know a lot of these kids don't have the resources they need."
His new job will allow him to stay involved with both, and even better he'll get to do it back at UT.
Plus, that signature should be more accurate than ever.
"I'm kind of still in shock," Lott said. "I just can't believe it, and I'm looking forward to starting up. It's going to be exciting.
"This is my dream job. I can't wait to be on the sidelines and really just being involved with the football team again."
In some ways, Lott always was. But it's official again now.