Peyton Manning crashes University of Tennessee virtual class and shocks students

Ruben Hill
March 27, 2020

The kicker? Manning once took the same course taught by professor John Haas, who was in on this scheme the whole way.

After some fun back-and-forth between Manning and his former communications professor, the legendary quarterback offered some words of wisdom for the students. When "Mr. Thompson" began talking, the students who just crashed their class.

As soon as Manning's face appeared on screen, you could see the moment of shock on all the students' faces as they realized who they saw on their screen. "It's probably not the ideal way you expected to spend your senior year, but I encourage you to keep a positive attitude, keep working like you are doing".

"A lot of people (are) hurting out there during this time - be thankful for what you have and just know the University of Tennessee is proud of you and is going to support you every way (it) can and Dr. Haas and his department is going to do the same thing".

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

Manning, 44, initially played along with Haas, saying it's been a long time since he went to a class at Tennessee. He turned down the chance to be the No. 1 pick in the 1997 National Football League draft and returned to school for his senior season and led the Vols to the 1997 SEC championship.

Communications students at the University of Tennessee had a visitor stop by their online communications class Thursday. Manning also told the students to try and "help out someone in need".

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