No other Volunteer will ever wear the storied #16 for the Vols again.
What can be said about the impact Peyton Manning has had on both the Volunteer football program and college football in general? One could argue that without Petyon's contributions to the team, the Volunteers would not have won the national championship in 1998 with Tee Martin under center, and one would not be wrong.
Peyton came to the school as Archie's son, much heralded coming out of high school, but known more for the fact that his father was the hall of fame quarterback than for his own prowess as a football player. He left Peyton Manning, winningest quarterback in SEC history, owner of most Tennessee quarterbacking records and the top overall draft pick in the 1998 NFL draft.
And while he never won the national title while at Tennessee, or beat chief rival Florida, he will forever be remembered and revered by the Volunteer nation for the spirit he embodied and the passion with which he played this game we all love so dearly.
It is widely believed that when Manning retires, he will own most records for Quarterbacking in the NFL and will be a sure-bet first ballot Hall of Famer. Today, with 16 days left until Football Time in Tennessee, we pay tribute to Superbowl champion Peyton Manning #16.