WBIR -- For more than half a century, Smokey the bluetick hound has guarded the end zones inside Neyland Stadium. It's a Rocky Top tradition that began in 1953 with a hunting dog named Blue Smokey.

"Bill Brooks, my uncle, had him for quite a while," said Charles Hudson. "That's where Smokey started."

Reverend Brooks' brother-in-law, Earl Hudson, took the reins in 1994.

"When dad got them, they stayed in the house," remembered Hudson. "Smokey would sit and watch TV with you."

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