KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former Tennessee legendary quarterback Peyton Manning was selected as a member of the Class of 2017 into the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.
The Vols standout signal caller headlines an inductee group that features 10 former players and three coaches. Manning will be inducted on Dec. 5, 2017 in a ceremony in New York City.
“It’s a tremendous honor to represent Tennessee and join the distinguished list of University of Tennessee alumni in the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame,” Manning said in a statement.
“I’ve always had great appreciation for the unbelievable history of Tennessee football, coaches and players. I’m extremely appreciative and humbled by this incredible honor.
“I know it wouldn’t be possible without the great coaches and teammates that I was surrounded by in Knoxville, including my Hall of Fame coach, Philip Fulmer, who was recently inducted. I truly accept this as a team honor, and when I say ‘team,’ it’s more than just the players I played with; it’s the fans, the alumni and just the great support system I was blessed with at Tennessee.
“To everybody involved with me getting this recognition, thank you! I accept it as a group award, not as an individual award. To everybody involved with me getting this recognition, thank you!”
Manning is the 23rd Tennessee Vol to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, joining notables Robert Neyland, Johnny Majors, Reggie White, Doug Dickey and Phillip Fulmer.
The former two-time winning Super Bowl quarterback is Tennessee’s all-time leader in passing yards (11,201), wins (39), 300-yard games (18), passing touchdowns (89) and competitions (863).
Manning earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 1994 and numerous All-American honors in 1995-97. He was a three-time nominee for the Hesiman Trophy and led the Vols to a victory in the 1997 SEC Championship Game.
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