Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist had a special guest in the booth Saturday.
Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning stopped by and shared his thoughts on a variety of topics during CBS Sports’ broadcast of the game between the Volunteers and Alabama at Neyland Stadium. It was easy to tell that Manning enjoyed visiting a site that means so much to him.
Check out some of the highlights below.
On Tennessee: “Tennessee games don’t start until the second half. So this is just kind of pregame warm-ups here. We’re just kind of toying with them.”
On Neyland Stadium: “It’s a special place, and great fans here. And like I said earlier, these fans have supported me in NFL stadiums all across the country for the past 18 years. They had a great reunion last night with a bunch of players that played during my time here. And there’s nothing quite like the relationship you form with the fans, the teammates, the coaches here in college.”
On SEC football: “There’s nothing quite like SEC football, Gary. And this season has been really special. So you miss the atmosphere. But it’s great to come back and just be a fan of these games.”
On leaving when he did: “I knew it was the right year to go out in style. I knew if Verne Lundquist was retiring from football, it was time for me to retire from football. … It just seemed like the right time for me. But it has just been fun watching a lot of football this year. … It has kind of been fun being a fan this fall.”
On when he’ll make a decision about post-football life: “I kind of think the answer — I hope — will kind of come to me. And I think this fall you kind of find out what you miss, what you don’t miss. I think the timing and the answer will just kind of come to me. But it really has been an enjoyable fall so far.”
On the Alabama-Tennessee rivalry: “These games are relevant again. Tennessee-Alabama is a relevant game. Butch Jones has brought that back. We have every chance to be in Atlanta. He has Tennessee back where Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer had it.”