Peyton Manning will forever be tied to Colorado after leading the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 victory, but his heart will always belong to Tennessee and the Vols.
Those two loyalties converged on Tuesday night. The Vols legend appears to be enjoying retired life, which included a trip to see country music act Chris Stapleton perform at iconic concert venue Red Rocks in Colorado. But Manning was more than just a guest– he also got in on the act.
To the delight of the fans in attendance, he walked out on stage to sing Tennessee Whiskey – with his hands in the pockets of his jeans, of course.
Video of the event was posted by Instagram user Yvonne:
The fact that he’s singing Tennessee Whiskey isn’t an accident. Manning, of course, played his college ball for the Vols and is a very visible supporter of his Alma mater. Not to mention that the people of the Volunteer State adore him unlike any other Tennessee alum.
Manning has been involved in all sorts of entertainment, appearing on TV shows such as Saturday Night Live and Modern Family and making an endless string of commercials even when he was playing football, so this isn’t all that out of character for him. So far, though, he has not settled on a specific career – at least not publicly – since retiring from the NFL.
Love Peyton or hate him (why would you hate this guy?), but you have to admit he’d be one fun SEC alum to hang out with for a day.