The Tennessee Sports HOF announced this accolade at its “Champion Within” event Saturday.
This honor comes during a time when Tennessee’s ethics and Title IX cooperation are under scrutiny for allegedly harboring an environment that allowed student athletes to escape perpetrating sexual assault unscathed.
Manning was accused of such acts during his time at UT after reportedly sexually assaulting Jamie Naughright. This story resurfaced when he, along with other NFL players, was recently suspected of taking HGH, a NFL-banned steroid that enhances athletic performance.
The award celebrates contributions to the state through sports or other endeavors with an emphasis on character and leadership.
“We have honored many outstanding individuals in the past 50 years, but none greater than Peyton,” said Bill Emendorfer, the Tennessee Sports HOF executive director, in a statement.
Manning announced his NFL retirement in March after the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl.null