Seeing as he’s the favorite son of Tennessee football, Peyton Manning often makes it back to Knoxville in the fall to enjoy football time in Tennessee. Following the announcement that the National Football Foundation is set to honor Manning at halftime of the Georgia game, we now have confirmation that he’ll be on Rocky Top at least once this fall.
Following his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation plans to honor Manning during its “On-Campus Salute,” Tennessee announced Wednesday.
A 2017 inductee into the College Hall of Fame, Manning is set to become just the 23rd member of Tennessee’s program to make the exclusive club. No other SEC school can match that number.
NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell added these comments regarding Manning’s ceremony.
“Peyton Manning’s college football accomplishments clearly rank him among the greatest of all-time,” Hatchell said. “And his record on the field, in the classroom and as a leader in the community unquestionably makes him a powerful ambassador for our game. Adding ‘Hall of Famer’ to his accolades as an NFF William V. Campbell Trophy® winner and NFF National Scholar-Athlete only adds to our ability to hold him out as an example for the next generation to emulate. We are extremely excited about honoring him this fall during his On-Campus Salute in Knoxville.”
Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie added these comments praising Manning and added a note that should make all of Vol Nation proud.
“Peyton is one of this university and athletic program’s finest ambassadors,” Currie said. “Honoring him at our Georgia game this fall provides our fans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate not only his induction into the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, but also the incredible impact he continues to make across Big Orange Nation.
“The fact that he has asked all of our living Hall of Famers to share in this moment is very special and illustrates why he is so admired and revered amongst the Tennessee faithful.”