Peyton Manning Returns to UT Campus to Hand Out Scholarships and Discuss Life After Football
Vols legend Peyton Manning made his annual summer excursion to Rocky Top to hand out a few academic scholarships that bear his name.
We should see more of Manning in Knoxville now that he has retired after two decades of pro football.
Peyton Manning’s name is everywhere on the UT Campus, but having his name on a scholarship might be the most rewarding.
Said Manning-“The Peyton Manning Scholarship program will continue forever. I’ve just been proud of the University and having that connection.”
Now that he’s retired, Manning has changed up his usual scholarship routine.
Said Manning-“Be the first year that I will not work out with the team. I’ve thrown with the team every year after this scholarship presentation. Lot of changes that way. I won’t be throwing anymore, but I’ll certainly be helping them anyway I can.”
No wonder Peyton won’t be throwing.
He’s sporting some big new bling.
Said Manning-“Got our (Broncos) Super Bowl rings last week. It’s always kind of fun. I’ve got about a two-week window to wear it. I’ll show it to the team this afternoon. I’ll have it for the high school kids, and then I’ll put it on a shelf.”
So far, Manning hasn’t had time to miss football.
Said Manning-“Went to the White House a couple of weeks ago with the team. That’s always special. People have asked me during OTA’s if I have had withdrawals and what not. I have not felt that way.”
Since he’s not playing football this fall, what will Manning do come football season?
Manning-“having a free fall for the first time in 22 years. Shockingly, it’s going to involve some football. I’ll be at the Battle at Bristol. I’ll be at the Tennessee-Alabama game. I’m going to College Station for the game on the road.”