(Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame)- Saturday at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame annual Champion Within Luncheon, Peyton Manning was presented with the 2016 Tennessean of the Year award.

Manning was honored at Omni hotel in Nashville during the induction weekend for the 50th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame. After 18 outstanding years in the NFL, setting most passing and touchdown records and winning his second Super Bowl, Peyton retired from the game he loved.

The Tennessean of the Year is the premier honor of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame that is presented to the individual or organization that has made significant contributions to our state through sports or other methods, demonstrating outstanding character and leadership. Peyton is not the Tennessean of the Year because of his athletics excellence, but because of his character, work ethic, perseverance and the way that he has always represented himself, the game, his university and the great state of Tennessee.

Bill Emendorfer, Executive Director, stated “We have honored many outstanding individuals in the past 50 years, but none greater than Peyton.”

(Press Release from Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame)