Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday. Manning, who played at Tennessee from 1994 to 1997, was one of 10 players and three coaches chosen as part of the 2017 class.
The other players were New Mexico LB Brian Urlacher, USC QB Matt Leinart, Notre Dame LB Bob Crable, Michigan State WR Kirk Gibson, Texas OL Bob McKay, Texas A&M LB Dat Nguyen, Georgia Southern RB Adrian Peterson and Boston College DL Mike Ruth. Former Florida/South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, Clemson’s Danny Ford and Mount Union’s Larry Kehres were the coaches.
Manning became the starter at Tennessee midway through his freshman year. In four seasons, he threw for 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns. He won 39 of 45 games as a starter with the Volunteers. Manning was a first-team All-American as a senior.
The Colts took Manning No. 1 overall in the 1998 draft. He’d play 13 seasons with the Colts and four with the Broncos. He retired in March 2016 as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (71,940) and touchdowns (539).
Manning will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.
The 2017 College Football Hall of Fame class will be officially inducted on Dec. 5 in New York.
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