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Peyton Manning Set for Sept. 30 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
Tennessee and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Manning, a 2017 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, as the Vols host Georgia.
Published: 9/28/2017 1:40:00 PM

IRVING, Texas (Sept. 28, 2017) – The University of Tennessee and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Peyton Manning with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments. The Salute will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, during the Vols’ game against Georgia. Coverage of the game will start at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

“It’s a tremendous honor to represent Tennessee and join the distinguished list of University of Tennessee alumni in the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame,” Manning said in a release in January. “I’ve always had great appreciation for the unbelievable history of Tennessee football, coaches and players. I’m extremely appreciative and humbled by this incredible honor.”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program, which began with the inaugural class in 1951, has become a hallowed tradition, and to this day the singular events remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.

“Peyton Manning is one of the greatest student-athletes in college football history,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “His multiple accolades and awards on the field at Tennessee were matched by his success in the classroom, earning him the Maxwell Award and the NFF’s Campbell Trophy®, among many others. We are thrilled to honor him at Neyland Stadium.”

A 1997 consensus First Team All-American, Manning is Tennessee’s all-time leading passer and becomes just the second College Football Hall of Fame inductee ever to have also claimed the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy®.

The 1997 Heisman Trophy runner-up, Manning claimed the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Sullivan Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award among many others during his senior campaign. He holds numerous Tennessee records, including wins by a starting quarterback (39), passing yards (11,201), touchdown passes (89), total touchdowns (101, 89 passing/12 rushing), passing attempts (1,381), completions (863), completion percentage (62.5) and career 300-yard games (18). A Third Team All-American as a junior and senior, he led the Vols to four consecutive bowl games, winning the first three and earning MVP honors in the 1997 Citrus Bowl.

The 1997 SEC Player of the Year led Tennessee to the conference title that season, earning MVP honors in the championship game. A three-time All-SEC selection under Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer, Manning earned first team honors in 1995 and 1997, second team laurels in 1996 and was also named the 1994 SEC Freshman of the Year. Finishing as the SEC’s all-time leading passer, his career passing yards now rank fourth, and he is third in conference annals in career passing touchdowns.

Manning also holds the SEC record for lowest single-season interception percentage (1.05), finished in the top 10 of the Heisman voting in 1995 and 1996 and led Tennessee to three consecutive top 10 finishes nationally. In addition to winning the 1997 Campbell Trophy® as the top football scholar-athlete in the country, he was a two-time Academic All-American.

The first overall pick in 1998 NFL Draft, Manning established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, playing for the Indianapolis Colts for 13 seasons and the Denver Broncos for four. The only player in NFL history to be named MVP five times, he made 14 Pro Bowl appearances. He owns NFL career passing records for both yards and touchdowns, earned MVP honors in the Colts’ victory in Super Bowl XLI and received the 2005 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. He retired following the 2015 season after leading Denver to a victory in Super Bowl 50.

Off the field, Manning established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth. He also opened the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent (Indianapolis) in 2003 and started the Chattanooga Heroes Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. Tennessee retired his No. 16 in 2005 and established the Peyton Manning Scholarship in his honor. He will join his father, Archie Manning, in the College Football Hall of Fame, making them the first father-son duo to both be inducted as players.

Manning becomes the 20th Volunteer player to be inducted, joining Doug Atkins (1950-52), George Cafego (1937-39), Steve DeLong (1962-64), Bobby Dodd (1928-30), Nathan Dougherty (1906-09), Frank Emanuel (1963-65), Beattie Feathers (1931-33), Herman Hickman (1929-31), Bob Johnson (1965-67), Chip Kell (1968-70), Steve Kiner (1967-69), Hank Lauricella (1949-51), Johnny Majors (1954-56), Gene McEver (1928-29, 1931), John Michels (1950-52), Ed Molinski (1938-40), Bob Suffridge (1938-40), Reggie White (1980-83) and Bowden Wyatt (1936-38).

Four former Tennessee coaches are also in the Hall: Doug Dickey (1964-69), Phillip Fulmer (1992-2008), Robert Neyland (1926-34, 1936-40, 1946-52) and Bowden Wyatt (1955-62).

In an incredible salute to Tennessee's extraordinary gridiron history, Manning has requested that each of UT's living College Hall of Fame inductees also join him on Shields-Watkins Field during the recognition. Those individuals are Dickey, Emanuel, Fulmer, Johnson, Kell, Kiner, Majors and Michels.

Including the 2017 class, only 987 players and 214 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.26 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 148 years. In other words, only two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. Click here for a complete list of players and coaches in the Hall.

The 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, Dec. 5. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Bob Crable (Notre Dame), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State), Kirk Gibson (Michigan State), Matt Leinart (Southern California), Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Bob McKay (Texas), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M), Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern), Mike Ruth (Boston College), Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) and coaches Danny Ford (Clemson, Arkansas), Larry Kehres (Mount Union [Ohio]) and Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina). For more information on the Dinner, please contact Will Rudd at or by calling 972.556.1000.

The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018, and they will take part in a series of events at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta where their accomplishments will be forever immortalized.

Remaining Scheduled 2017 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes
Presented by Fidelity Investments
(Chronological Order)





Sept. 30

Peyton Manning

Tennessee (1994-97)


Oct. 7

Bob McKay

Texas (1968-69)

Kansas State

Oct. 14

Marshall Faulk

San Diego State (1991-93)

Boise State

Oct. 14

Adrian Peterson

Georgia Southern (1998-2001)

New Mexico State

Oct. 21

Coach Steve Spurrier

Duke (1987-89)


Oct. 27

Mike Ruth

Boston College (1982-85)

Florida State

Oct. 28

Coach Danny Ford

Clemson (1978-89)

Georgia Tech

Nov. 4

Dat Nguyen

Texas A&M (1995-98)


The 2017 season marks the eighth season that Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans to higher education employees, is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of The William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, which will be presented for the 28th time in 2017.

Other highlights of the sponsorship include Fidelity becoming the first presenting sponsor of the organization’s prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and helping launch the NFF Faculty Salutes, which recognize the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives around the country.

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About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
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