Peyton Manning crashes online class at Tennessee

Peyton Manning crashes online class at Tennessee

On what was a regular day for an online class in Tennessee's College of Communication and Information, students who were on the live stream were surprised by legendary Tennessee quarterback and graduate Peyton Manning.

"You know, if you were here, I would make you run the stadium ladder to be late", said Haas, making the two-time Super Bowl champion and former Volunteers quarterback laugh.

When Haas' students safely return to school, their next gift from Manning might be an in-person visit - and nothing will Rocky Top that.

Due to COVID-19, many colleges and universities across the United States have sent students home and are finishing the semester through online classes.

Students in a communication studies senior Capstone class were shocked to see Manning suddenly appear on their Zoom chat after their professor, John Haas, said, "Mr. Thompson, I think you're late for class".

"I'm sorry, Dr. Haas", Peyton Manning replied, wearing a Tennessee visor. Manning apologized, saying it had been nearly a quarter of a century since he'd last been in class. There are many people who suffer during this time. And just know the University of Tennessee is proud of you and going to support you every way they can.

"I realize this is probably not the ideal way you guys expected to spend your senior year", Manning tells the class.

Manning said "Go Vols!" before logging out of the session.

Before rising to National Football League stardom, Manning carved out a legendary career at Tennessee and remains one of the most beloved figures in school history.

The soon-to-be Hall of Famer even donated $1 million to create the John Haas Student Experiential Learning Endowment. "And Dr. Haas and his department are going to do the same thing".

"He's always the first to step up and come to the aid of those who need assistance", Haas said in a statement. The University of Tennessee has shut down on-campus activities, reverting to online classes in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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