Today On Rocky Top: Vols Lead The Way With 5 In Super Bowl


Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrate after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports


"Thanks to a 26-16 victory by the Denver Broncos over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game and a 23-17 win by the Seattle Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, a former Tennessee Volunteer will appear in the Super Bowl for the 22nd time in the past 23 years.The Broncos have four VFLs on the roster, including MVP favorite quarterback Peyton Manning, punter Britton Colquitt and defensive linemen Robert Ayers and Malik Jackson. A former World Champion, it will be Manning’s third Super Bowl appearance and his first since 2010. The Vol great led the Indianapolis Colts to a win in Super Bowl XLI, where he earned MVP honors.Defensive tackle and former Vol Tony McDaniel of the Seahawks will also be heading to New Jersey, guaranteeing a former Vol will be bringing home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2014."

From The Tennessean

"Tennessee is fighting through a midseason slump as it prepares for one of its toughest tests of the year.After racing to a 10-0 start, the 12th-ranked Lady Vols (14-3) have won just four of seven games as they prepare to host No. 2 Notre Dame (16-0) today. Tennessee already has dropped two Southeastern Conference games, matching its total number of regular-season conference losses from last year.One year ago, Tennessee outperformed expectations to win an SEC regular-season title and reach a third consecutive regional final. The Lady Vols returned to their customary role as the SEC preseason favorite this year, and they’re struggling to adjust."

From the NY Daily News

"Peyton Manning was standing on the podium with confetti flying everywhere and Broncos fans chanting “Super Bowl, Super Bowl,” as the stadium sound system blasted “Empire State Of Mind.”Manning was all smiles as he was handed the AFC Championship trophy from Denver coach John Fox, with the next stop Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2. After a near-perfect performance under the intense pressure of enhancing his legacy, he’s coming to New York to try to win his second Super Bowl on little brother Eli’s home field two years after Eli won his second Super Bowl on what was then Peyton’s home field in Indianapolis."


"Over 23,000 fans will remember Kentucky beating Tennessee by a final of 74-68 at Rupp Arena on Saturday in a back-and-forth contest.But nine people in the building will remember Jarnell Stokes.They were NBA scouts from nine franchises that were sitting courtside. No doubt they were primarily there to see Kentucky’s embarrassment of riches in terms of future NBA talent and perhaps to catch a glimpse of UT’s Jordan McRae as well.And while they were likely impressed with what they saw from McRae (17 points) and  players such as UK’s Andrew Harrison (26 points) and Julius Randle (18 points), there’s a good chance they left with a notebook full of comments on Stokes as well."