KNOXVILLE – A College of Tennessee communications elegance had a different customer this week.
Former Vols quarterback Peyton Manning joined the faraway elegance via Zoom. The university shared a video Manning’s drop-in on Twitter.
After some banter with John Haas, associate professor of communication, Manning shared a message to the class’ students.
“I just wanted to drop in and say hello to all the fellow communication students there,” Manning said during his video drop-in. “I realize this is a unique time and probably not the ideal way you guys expected to spend your senior year, but I just encourage you to keep a positive attitude, keep working like you’re doing and try to take advantage of the little bit of extra time that you have to accomplish something else or help out somebody in need – a lot of people hurting out there during this time.
“Be thankful for what you have, and just know the University of Tennessee is proud of you and is going to support you in every way they can. Dr. Haas and his department is going to do the same thing.”
Manning earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Tennessee while starring on the gridiron.
Manning passed for 11,201 yards during his Tennessee career from 1994-97 before becoming a two-time Super Bowl champion in a legendary NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.
Blake Toppmeyer covers University of Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter @btoppmeyer.