Butch Jones says Peyton Manning ‘defines excellence’

Future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is announcing his retirement from the NFL later today after nearly 20 years in the league and he recently received high praise from Butch Jones, head coach at Manning’s alma mater Tennessee.

In an official statement posted to Twitter by Dustin Dopriak of The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Jones praised Manning and said that he “defines excellence.”

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— Tennessee Beat (@TennesseeBeat) March 6, 2016

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— Tennessee Beat (@TennesseeBeat) March 6, 2016

Manning certainly did define excellence both in college and in the NFL. He threw for 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns in four years with the Vols and then went on to set practically every single NFL passing record in time spent with the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted him with the first overall pick in 1998, and the Denver Broncos.

Manning would then go on to play in three Super Bowls, winning twice, and also was named to 14 Pro Bowls while winning five MVP trophies.

Long story short, Jones is spot on with his description of Manning and the football world is going to miss him terribly.

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