Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning will have a little extra free time this fall after calling it quits on a Hall of Fame NFL career earlier this year.
After spending his fall Saturdays preparing for NFL competition for the better part of the last two decades, the recently-retired Vols hero will have the opportunity to be a little more active in the support of his alma mater.
According to a report from The Sports Animal’s Jimmy Hyams, that’s exactly what Manning plans to do in 2016.
Manning reportedly will be in attendance for three Vols games this fall, hitting all of the high notes on a loaded Tennessee schedule.
Manning said he will attend tennessee games against Virginia tech, alabama and Texas a&m
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) June 20, 2016
Manning will be at the Week 2 meeting with Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway, which really is a must-see event for another with a rooting interest in the Vols or Hokies.
The Vols’ home game against Alabama could be the turning point in a potentially special season for the early SEC East favorites, making it another can’t-miss event. Manning was in attendance for Tennessee’s 19-14 loss to the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa last fall.
The Super Bowl 50 winner reportedly plans to round out his Vols schedule with the school’s first-ever trip to College Station to play the Aggies on Oct. 8.
Noticeably absent from Manning’s plans? Tennessee’s SEC opener against the hated Gators on Sept. 24 in Knoxville. The Vols are looking to end an 11-game losing streak to Florida, a team which Manning himself never could beat during his playing days.