Red carpet rolled out for Vol royalty at Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Some Tennessee greats are back in The Volunteer State to get inducted into the 2019 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in Nashville this weekend. Those players included University of Tennessee greats Kippy Brown, Kara Lawson, Charles Davis, David Cutcliffe.

Some Tennessee greats are back in The Volunteer State to be inducted into the 2019 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in Nashville this weekend. Source: WVLT

The young quarterback, David Cutcliffe, told WVLT Manning helped mold him at UT.

"Peyton actually helped change the way I coached during the years he was there at Tennessee," Cutcliffe said.

Now retired as one of the all time greats in the national football league, Manning said this honor holds special meaning to him because The Volunteer State is where he really honed his craft.

"You go to Tennessee as an 18-year-old and you learn how to play quarterback and get an education and get you prepared for what's ahead. (I) just had a wonderful four years there," said Manning. "That's the reason I stayed for my senior year because of the great support and coaching I got during my first three years. I wanted one more year of that. Like I said, one of the best decisions I ever made was to go to Tennessee and then to stay for my senior year was an important one as well."

Established in 1966, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame enshrines and honors athletes, teams, coaches, sports writers and sports administrators who have made an impact on the history of Tennessee sports.

It's safe to say this 2019 class has done just that.

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