ID=8850913(WBIR) The University of Tennessee's lovable mascot has a starring role in a new commercial for the SEC Network.

Smokey appears alongside seven other animal mascots from schools around the conference.

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ESPN posted the new commercial titled 'Take It All In' on YouTube Friday.

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The 30-second spot shows fans interacting with the mascots as Andrew Gold's "Thank you for being a friend" plays throughout. UT's bluetick hound is seen guarding one of Neyland Stadium's end zones during the commercial.

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ESPN's YouTube post said the special bond mascots share with their fans is "often more than fandom, it's friendship."