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At the end of his junior year at the University of Tennessee, Peyton Manning found himself in an enviable position. The star quarterback of the Tennessee Volunteers had already acquired enough credits to graduate with honors and was certain to be the first pick in the 1997 NFL draft. He stunned the football world by passing up the chance to go pro at age 21, choosing instead to remain in school another year and continue his studies. When he graduated in 1998, he received Phi Beta Kappa honors and the coveted Sullivan Award as the nation's premier student athlete, a prize based on character and leadership as well as athletic performance.

After joining the Indianapolis Colts as the first pick in the 1998 NFL draft, he shattered the league's records for passing and scoring. In his first nine seasons, Manning completed more passes, and threw for more yards and more touchdowns than any other player in a comparable span of time. He was named Most Valuable Player in the regular season three times, an NFL record, and made seven Pro Bowl appearances. He also recorded four perfect games, another NFL record. In 2007, he led the Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI, winning Most Valuable Player honors in the championship contest.

In 2012, Manning moved from the Indianapolis Colts to the Denver Broncos. In his late 30s, he continued to outperform younger players, ending his 18th and final season in the NFL by leading the Broncos to a world championship in Super Bowl 50. This 2016 victory made Manning the first quarterback in NFL history to win 200 games, and the first to win the Super Bowl with two different teams.

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