The Peyton Manning Room opened in the Anderson Training Center in 2014. Watch the former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback give a tour of it.
Peyton Manning has been a Tennessee football legend for over 20 years now. As one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL, arguably the greatest, Rocky Top is always proud to be the catalyst for his great career.
As a result, a shrine to Manning opened up in the summer of 2014, the Peyton Manning Room. It tells the story of Manning’s career and his accomplishments, and it overlooks the practice field.
Recently, Manning narrated a video tour of it. His narration with the video is very chilling and brings back memories for everybody who remembers his amazing college and pro career.
The guy’s greatness just doesn’t go away, and it hasn’t gone away since he retired. Here’s a look at the video of him narrating a tour of the room.
As you can see, Manning still has a ton of love for the school that made him. And his point at the end about advising players not to want to leave early still resonates. Obviously, Peyton Manning’s decision to come back for his senior year is one that he and Vols fans are equally grateful for. There’s no other way around that.
At the same time, as much as Manning credits the Vols for launching his career, he deserves credit for putting Rocky Top back on the map. It was Peyton Manning’s elite abilities that attracted more top recruits to Knoxville. And although he wasn’t there for it, it was the combination of those recruits and his demands the created the 1998 national championship team.
Simply put, Peyton Manning did a ton to help Tennessee football get to where it was at, and that’s part of why the expectations are so big now among Vols fans. So seeing him give a tour of his own room shows why his legend never dies.