Former Tennessee and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and his son Marshall Manning greet fans during the Vol Walk before an NCAA college football game between Tennessee and Georgia, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Peyton Manning was joined by some of Tennessee’s other biggest names Saturday in a celebration to honor the five-time NFL Most Valuable Player’s selection to the Hall of Fame.
Tennessee honored Manning at a halftime ceremony during the Volunteers’ game with No. 7 Georgia. Manning was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this year and will be inducted officially Dec. 5. He received a plaque recognizing his Hall of Fame selection Saturday.
Manning starred at Tennessee from 1994-97 and finished second in the 1997 Heisman Trophy balloting. He invited all of Tennessee’s living Hall of Famers - Doug Dickey, Frank Emanuel, Phillip Fulmer, Bob Johnson, Chip Kell, Steve Kiner, Johnny Majors and John Michels - to join him at the event.
Former Tennessee and NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning, right, shakes hands with former Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer and Doug Dickey after it was announced he will be inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame during halftime of an NCAA college football game between Tennessee and Georgia Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Michels was represented by his daughter, but the other Hall of Famers were all at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. They participated in the pregame “Vol Walk” by leading Tennessee’s current team into the stadium.
Manning was joined in Knoxville by plenty of family members. The list of relatives with Manning included his father, College Football Hall of Famer and former Mississippi quarterback Archie Manning.
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“To be there with my dad (Saturday) receiving this award, I’m not sure I’m totally prepared for that,” Manning said at a Friday media session. “But I know it’s going to be kind of an emotional and special moment for me, and I know he’s excited to be down there.”
At the end of the halftime ceremony honoring Manning, he threw a pass that former Tennessee teammate Joey Kent caught in the end zone.