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He has spoken at events ranging from the annual Boy Scouts of America sports breakfast to the John Lynch Foundation's Salute the Stars awards luncheon and the University of Virginia's commencement ceremony. He has even thrown passes to elementary school students on surprise visits.
On Wednesday, his PeyBack Foundation donated $1 million.
The funds will be distributed to 153 youth-based organizations in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee -- the four states Manning has called home.
"The mission and work of the PeyBack Foundation is something we are very passionate about and to be able to continue our growth through increased giving is very rewarding," Manning said in a statement. "This year, we are fortunate to be able to provide our largest donation total of $1 million to youth based community organizations."
Manning is the president of the foundation, which he established in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership growth and opportunities for children at risk.
Every year, the public, non-profit corporation distributes funds to agencies and organizations actively advancing the welfare of disadvantaged children. Those organizations complete grant applications to be considered, and they are carefully considered based on each individual agency's unique merits, goals and mission. This year the foundation received 604 applications.
The $1 million allocated to this year's recipients will be divided by state -- $630,000 goes to 81 charities in Colorado, $175,000 to 32 organizations in Tennessee, $120,000 to 23 organizations in Louisiana and $75,000 to Indiana organizations.
Four of the Colorado organizations -- A Precious Child, GreenLeaf, Environmental Learning For Kids and The Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation -- benefitting from the foundation's donations will be at Dove Valley for a check presentation after Wednesday's practice.
"With this donation, now collectively throughout the years, we have awarded over $5.6 million in grants to 995 youth organizations in Colorado, Tennessee, Louisiana and Indiana," Manning said.
The last few days have been extremely good for the Tennessee men's golf program.
On Friday, four Vol golfers compete in the 66th Annual SunTrust State Open Championship at the Belle Meade Country Club. Recent UT graduate Brandon Rodgers (pictured above) finished runner-up at the State Open with a 210 (-3). Rodgers shot rounds of 71-69-70. Making the week even more special, Rodgers celebrated his 22nd birthday on Saturday.
Former Vol golfer Marshall Talkington had a top 10 finish at the State Open, placing in a tie for 9th. The native of Jackson, Tenn., shot a 54-hole total of 215 (+2) with rounds of 75-71-69.
Current UT golfers Jack Smith and Grant Daugherty also competed in the 66th State Open, but failed to make the cut.
Lamb birdied on Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6 to push him to 11-under par early on Friday, but a bogey-birdie-bogey stretch on Nos. 13 through 15 dropped him back down to 10-under par and out of contention for the event title. Lamb was tied for 2nd place heading to the tee of the par-4 18th, but closed with a bogey to finish his week with a 70 (-2).
One final note: Next week, former Vols Jay Vandeventer and David Holmes will begin their stints on the PGA Canadian Tour starting in Vancouver.
Tennessee senior Ellen Renfroe shares her latest thoughts on the postseason with an espnW Athlete's Life blog update from Norman, Okla.! Check it out!
Former University of Tennessee golfer David Skinns entered the month of May with some life-changing news, the birth of his first child.
On May 4, the new father Skinns captured his first ever victory at the NGA Tour's Savannah Lakes Village Classic in McCormick, S.C. The Englishman secured the title with a final round comeback, shooting rounds of 71-69-68-67 to total 275 (-13). A veteran of the NGA Tour, Skinns was named the 2008 NGA Tour Player of the Year.
Read more about Skinns' big win: New Dad, Tennessee alum, David Skinns wins Savannah Lakes Village Classic
The a 32-year-old followed up fatherhood and a NGA Tour victory with a solid finish on the PGA's Web.com Tour.
On Sunday, Skinns competed in the prestigious 2014 BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation. Skinns finished tied for 9th with a weekend total of 271 (-15). With his first top 10 Web.com finish, Skinns made the Tour's biggest money rankings jump of the week. He moved up 179 spots on the money leaderboard.
Watch highlights from the BMW Charity Pro-Am: Third Round Highlights
The next event on the Web.com Tour is the Rex Hospital Open from May 22-25 at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C.
McCullers (6-7, 352), who was the 215th overall pick, played collegiately at Tennessee. In two seasons at Tennessee, he started 19-of-22 games and recorded 72 tackles (41 solo), 1.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, six quarterback pressures, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, two pass breakups and two blocked kicks. In 2013, McCullers was named All-Southeastern Conference third-team by The NFL Draft Report. He spent his first two college seasons at Georgia Military College.
Take a look at several Vols In NFL Mini Camps. Here's a look coverage from the media touching on several VFLs:
- Pioneer Press: Vikings: Undrafted Richardson vows to show he's healthy
- Steelers Depot: On Daniel McCullers: Play High, Play Low
- Behind The Steel Curtain: McCullers having 'run the ball' beaten into his head
Also drawing attention on Twitter:
They Jets had three guys punting today, and the best punt was by Michael Palardy of Tennessee.-- Dan Leberfeld (@jetswhispers) May 16, 2014
3) UDFA alert - keep an eye on center James Stone out of University of Tennessee. Held his own for most part in one on ones. #Falcons-- Robbie Rosenhaus (@robbierosenhaus) May 16, 2014
"To be honored as Tennessean of the Year is fabulous. I'm humbled," Helton said. "To see some of the names like Pat Head Summitt, Coach (Phillip) Fulmer and to just walk in some of the same shoes they've walked in just amazing."
Former Tennessee football star and Paul Naumoff was inducted into the Hall as was former Lady Vols basketball standout Bridgette Gordon.
Softball pitcher Ivy Renfroe was honored as the Amateur Female Athlete of the Year.
Fulton (6-5, 323) played in 47 games at the University of Tennessee, serving primarily as the school's starter at right guard. He started three-consecutive seasons with the Vols (2011-13), where he was part of an offense that consistently ranked among the NCAA's best in multiple offensive categories.
In 2012, Fulton was recognized by the SEC as he earned Offensive Lineman of the Week honors. Prior to attending Tennessee, he played guard at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Homewood, Illinois. Fulton's younger brother (Xavier Fulton) is currently serving on the Saskatchewan Roughriders roster in the CFL.
Here's a look at coverage of the Vols 11 new NFL players as three Vols were drafted and eight more agreed to undrafed free agent deals:
Check out Ellen Renfroe's latest espnW "Athlete's Life" blog entry. Ellen shares why the postseason is her favorite time of the year.
On May 8 we celebrate Hall of Famer Doug Atkins' 84th birthday.
Doug Atkins (born May 8, 1930 in Humboldt, Tennessee) originally went to the University of Tennessee on a basketball scholarship, but once Gen. Robert R. Neyland, the football coach, saw his combination of size and agility, he was recruited for the grid team. After he earned All-America honors, the Cleveland Browns selected him as their first choice in the 1953 National Football League Draft.
After two seasons in Cleveland, he was traded to the Chicago Bears and there he developed into one of history's most awesome defensive performers. Exceptionally strong and agile, the 6-8, 257-pound Atkins earned legendary acclaim as a devastating pass rusher who would often leapfrog blockers to get at the passer. That was a skill that carried over from his collegiate days when he won the Southeastern Conference high jump title.
An All-NFL choice four times and a veteran of eight Pro Bowls, Atkins wound up his career with three successful seasons with the New Orleans Saints. For 17 years and 205 games, Doug wrecked absolute havoc on opposing linemen, quarterbacks, and ball carriers. Linemen who faced Atkins usually had just one thought in mind: "Don't make him mad." It was common knowledge among players that as tough as Doug was, he was even tougher when angered. An outspoken free spirit, Doug often clashed with the Bears' fiery head coach George Halas. Atkins' easy-going approach to practice particularly annoyed the coach.
But still, the two developed a mutual respect. Although their relationship was at times tumultuous, it lasted for 12 seasons and Atkins was a key part of the great Bears defense that won the league championship in 1963. However, in 1967 Atkins demanded to be traded and Halas sent his star lineman to the Saints, where he finished his career. After Atkins finally retired following the 1969 season, Halas openly admitted, "There never was a better defensive end."
Hardegree, who has six years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, worked for three years at Louisiana State University (2011-13) after two seasons on staff at Duke University (2008-10).