Peyton Manning drops by University of Tennessee online class to surprise students

Peyton Manning drops by University of Tennessee online class to surprise students

Peyton Manning drops by University of Tennessee online class to surprise students

Students in Dr. John Haas' communication class at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville were in for a Super Bowl-sized surprise on Thursday morning. "It's probably not the ideal way you expected to spend your senior year, but I encourage you to keep a positive attitude, keep working like you are doing". Manning continued to give the students encouragement.

Manning's appearance left the class stunned and smiling.

In a video shared by the university, Haas calls out a "Mr. Thompson" for joining the virtual class late - Manning then appears on the call, apologizing for his tardiness.

"I'm sorry, Dr. Haas", replied Peyton Manning, wearing a Tennessee visor. Some of their expressions are priceless. (There are) a lot of injured people there during this period.

"Be grateful for what you have, and just know that the University of Tennessee is proud of you and will support you as far as you can".

Immediately, there are several "thank yous" and even a "Thank you, Mr. Manning".

Peyton Manning talks with fans before the Tennessee Volunteers play against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 5 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

"I'll make sure to save an assistant-ship for you", Haas says. He turned down the chance to be the No. 1 pick in the 1997 National Football League draft and returned to school for his senior season and led the Vols to the 1997 SEC championship.

Manning broke Tennessee's records for passing yards (11,201) and touchdowns (89) during his time at the school and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

In 2018, the former pro donated $1 million to his alma mater to create the John Haas Student Experiential Learning Endowment in honor of Haas.

According to the university, it was the first in a series of online courses scheduled throughout this semester, featuring well-known Tennessee alumni, Vols for Life (VFL) and other friends from the university. Haas is a longtime director and associate professor in the College of Communication and Information's School of Communications Studies.

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