If Tennessee football were to be encapsulated by one player in its history, that person would likely be Peyton Manning.
While the Volunteers have honored him before, Saturday will be special day in Knoxville as Manning is recognized as a 2017 inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Tennessee released a video ahead of Manning’s day to recognize what he has meant to the Tennessee football program.
The video features three Tennessee archivists pulling out huge bins of old pieces of Manning history that marked his time at Tennessee. While there were scarves and programs and footballs, the piece centers around all the letters Manning received during his time in Knoxville. ”
“What matters the most to him are those letters,” one archivist said. “If you really want to know the story of Peyton Manning, the story is in those boxes, in those letters and the words that are on those letters.”
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 30, 2017
Voices then read the letters as video of Manning’s time at Tennessee is spliced together. The letters range from children to teachers to fans to ill hospital patients and high school players. All of them drawing inspiration from Manning in one way or another. Some are even written to Archie and Olivia Manning, thanking them for raising a son like Peyton.
It paints a portrait of Manning that shows the kind of character he had, even at a young age. Perhaps the funniest bit of the video comes at the very end when a tiny voice simply asks, “Do you have any brothers?”
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