June 18, 2016
June 18, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee legend and VFL Peyton Manning received the 2016 Tennessean of the Year award on Saturday at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame annual Champion Within Luncheon.
“We have honored many outstanding individuals in the past 50 years, but none greater than Peyton,” Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame executive director Bill Emendorfer said.
Manning receives this prestigious award as Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame celebrates its 50th Anniversary. After 18 outstanding years in the NFL, setting passing and touchdown records and winning his second Super Bowl, Manning retired from the game he loved.
Leading the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, Manning earned his 200th career win (regular season and postseason included) to become the first player to reach that milestone. He is also the only quarterback in NFL history to have led two different franchises (he won Super Bowl XLI with the Indianapolis Colts) to Super Bowl Championships. Manning retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (71,940), passing touchdowns (539), game-winning drives (56), fourth-quarter comebacks (45) and regular-season wins (186, tied with Brett Favre). He was also a five-time NFL MVP (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013) and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection.
Manning is the Vols’ all-time leader in passing yards (11,201), wins by a quarterback (39), 300-yard games (18), passing touchdowns (89), pass attempts (1,381) and pass completions (863).
The Tennessean of the Year is the premier honor of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame that is presented to the individual or organization that has made significant contributions to our state through sports or other methods, demonstrating outstanding character and leadership. Manning was named Tennessean of the Year because of his character, work ethic, perseverance and the way that he has always represented himself, the game, his university and the great state of Tennessee.