Peyton Manning crashing an online class at Tennessee is pure wholesome goodness

Peyton Manning, Tennessee Volunteers. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Peyton Manning, Tennessee Volunteers. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

It’s not every day a superstar like Peyton Manning crashes your class, much less an online one. Yes, Manning surprised Tennessee students on Thursday.

Peyton Manning is everywhere all the time, people!

The soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback has been on seemingly every television commercial under the sun since retiring from the NFL after winning Super Bowl 50. Though he can’t be pried out of retirement and inserted into the Monday Night Football for ESPN, he will occasionally surprise students at the University of Tennessee during an online lecture.

Wait, what??? Yes, this actually happened on Thursday, as Manning hopped into a class to give students at his alma mater some words of encouragement during these trying times. Here is what it looked like.

It could have been any semi-normal day for these upperclassmen at the University of Tennessee. Having to go virtual these days can be a little tricky. These students are all back home and living with their parents. College athletics are canceled for the rest of the academic term. Things can be pretty grim-looking right now, but how can you not smile seeing Manning crash an online class?

At first, only a handful of students seemed to realize it was Manning. They were just kind of zoned out, thinking it was a guest speaker they were really interested in listening to. Well, guess what? It was Manning and he had a lot of cool and important things to say. Once the whole class seemed to figure out who the southern gentleman was, things got a little livelier.

Manning is not only one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, but he’s a Mount Rushmore candidate in the history of Tennessee football. Though the school has never had a Heisman Trophy winner, he came about as close as you can get back in 1997. Fellow future Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Woodson beat him out, but Manning finished a close second to the Michigan man.

Let’s be real. These last few weeks have been hard for everybody. Nothing is normal anymore, but we have to remain optimistic as best we can and take care of each other. Manning didn’t have to do this, but it meant the world to these kids and his former college professor. Even in the darkest of times, we have the power to make this our finest hour. Stay safe out there.

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