Peyton Manning still has deep ties to the Tennessee program, and the Vol legend recently made a sizable donation to his alma mater.

According to a release from Tennessee, Manning is donating $1 million to establish and endowment fund in the name of Dr. John Haas, a professor in UT’s College of Communication and Information’s School of Communications Studies.

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Manning explained the impact Haas had on him in the release (via

“Exceptional teachers transform your way of learning by challenging and motivating you while teaching more than just a subject,” said Manning in a UT news release. “For me and so many others, that teacher was Dr. John Haas. Dr. Haas’ passion for his students and their success makes him one of those remarkable teachers who change how you experience the classroom. I’m very proud to establish the John Haas Student Experiential Learning Endowment in his honor.”

The release goes on to say that the endowment will provide about $45,000 each year for students to study abroad:

“It’s so much more impactful to go to somebody’s place of work as opposed to them coming into the classroom,” Haas said. “To go to their workplace opens students’ eyes to things they might not have thought they’d be able to do.”

Classy move by Manning, and one that will have an impact on students at Tennessee for years to come.