Jan 30, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) at a press conference in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII on the Cornucopia Majesty yacht on the Hudson River. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Peyton Manning Picks Up New Endorsement

Peyton Manning is well known for his thoroughly entertaining commercials. He’s also know for the quantity of commercials he puts out. You might see him in a few more this year, as Peyton has signed on to be Nationwide Insurance’s new spokesman.

From 9 News

Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning announced a new business partnership Friday afternoon at Dove Valley.

Manning has signed a new, multi-year marketing partnership with Nationwide Insurance.

“I’m excited about my new partnership with Nationwide,” Manning said. “I view myself as more than a football player just like Nationwide is ‘More Than A Business.’ Together, we can help people successfully plan for the future and give back to the community.”

As part of the agreement, Manning will work with the Nationwide family of companies to support consumer and business offerings in the auto, home, life and retirement categories. Manning will also be featured in national advertising campaigns.

Nationwide has also announced an expanded relationship with the Denver Broncos as a whole.


Five-star quarterback Torrance Gibson is the Vols’ top 2015 target, but some folks don’t think Tennessee will be able to land him. Check out this video from Bleacher Report to see why.


Donnie Tyndall added three assistants to his staff this week. All three have either played for Tyndall or worked with him at some point.

From The Tennessean

Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall has completed the hiring of his full-time staff.

Tyndall announced Friday the selections of J.T. Burton as director of player development, Beau Braden as video coordinator and R.J. Rush as special assistant to the head coach. All three have experience playing for Tyndall or working alongside him.

Burton spent the last six years as head coach at NAIA school St. Catharine College. Braden was an assistant at Morehead State the last two years. Rush follows Tyndall from Southern Miss to Tennessee.


Lady Vols softball player wins CLASS award.


Tennessee All-American shortstop Madison Shipman has been selected as the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® winner in softball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Shipman is the first Tennessee student-athlete in any sport to win the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. The Tennessee softball team had five previous finalists for the award — Lindsay Schutzler in 2007, Megan Rhodes in 2008, Lillian Hammond in 2009,Tiffany Huff in 2010 and Raven Chavanne in 2013.


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