Tennessee coach Butch Jones was one of the many who offered congratulations to former Vols quarterback Peyton Manning after news broke of his retirement on Sunday.
Jones had the following to say in a statement released by Tennessee:
“On behalf of our football program, we want to congratulate Peyton Manning on a truly remarkable career. We are so fortunate to have Peyton as an ambassador to the University of Tennessee. His name is and will always be synonymous with Tennessee.
“It’s really hard to put into words what he has accomplished in his career. Peyton defines excellence in every sense of the word. He was prepared for every situation and that came through meticulous work when no one was watching. He made his coaches and teammates better by pushing everyone for perfection.
“We talk to our players all the time about the process and that is the part Peyton never took for granted. He didn’t skip any steps on his way to building a legacy as one of the NFL’s all-time greatest players. He has impacted so many people off the field through all his charity work with the PeyBack Foundation and his summer football camp. He’s been a great resource for me and I’m honored to call him a friend.
“We can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”
Manning, who recently won Super Bowl 50 in his final game, has practiced with Tennessee’s players annually each summer when he presents scholarships to high school students. Manning has also been regularly seen at Tennessee games whenever he has an off week from the NFL. He attended the Tennessee-Alabama game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last year. Manning is scheduled to announce his retirement at a press conference on Monday after 18 seasons in the NFL.