Peyton Manning Returning To University Of Tennessee To Be A Professor

Peyton Manning out here doing side quests these days.

The NFL Legend and now Hall of Fame quarterback played his college years in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and he’ll once again be returning to the school – not as a football coach, not as a booster, but as a professor.

Manning will reportedly teach next years as a professor in the College of Communication at University of Tennessee.

University of Tennessee College of Communication


Manning is a nationally recognized media personality, entrepreneur, sports commentator, and former professional athlete. As part of his appointment, Manning will join select classes during the academic year as a featured expert, bringing significant industry experience to the classroom and working alongside the college’s nationally recognized faculty to provide transformative learning experiences for CCI students. 

“There is no other ambassador for our college and university like Peyton Manning, and we are proud to welcome him to the college’s faculty,” said Joseph Mazer, dean of the College of Communication and Information. “Peyton is a true Volunteer, and I look forward to our students gaining invaluable knowledge from him as we continue to prepare the next generation of communication and information leaders.” 

Manning graduated from UT with a degree in speech communication after leading the Vols to an SEC football championship. He went on to a storied NFL career, launched the entertainment company Omaha Productions, and has remained steadfast in his dedication to the Volunteer community. 

“My time as a student in the College of Communication and Information was a foundational experience during which I learned critical skills and messaging techniques that I continue to put to use almost daily,” Manning said. “I look forward to working with the college’s talented faculty, and directly with students  in an effort to ensure they are well prepared for their future careers.”