KNOXVILLE, TENN. - For over 25 years, the halls of WBIR 10News have rung with laughter from studio manager, Eric Foxx. His positive attitude, funny personality and fun dance moves have put many guests at ease on Live at Five at Four.
Before he became known as "Foxxy," he was Eric Fox, a running back with the Appalachian State University Mountaineers from 1981 to 1984.
"The coach that recruited me was Mike Working. He was my coach for 2 years," said Foxx.
"After that it was Mack Brown, who went on to coach down at Texas."
Foxxy didn't get the chance to play at Neyland Stadium, but he did face another opponent in Orange.
"We played Clemson who at the time had William 'The Refrigerator' Perry. We played against him. I won't tell you the outcome, but it was good experience," said Foxx.
In addition to running the field, Foxxy also became a fan favorite for his moves off the field.
"All of them kept saying 'Foxx, Foxx, Foxx' and sure enough, I had to get up and dance," joked Foxx. "Ever since then, that's all I've been doing here in the studio."
Foxxy's oldest brother was also a running back but he played for the Tennessee Volunteers.
"My blood still runs black and gold but I like UT also," Foxx said.
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