Peyton Manning presented longtime University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt with the Arthur Ashe Award Wednesday night the the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
For those of you who don’t know, Summitt amassed an astounding 1,098-208 (.840) record in her 38 years with the Lady Vols. She retired after this season after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, but her legacy at Tennessee will undoubtedly live on forever.
Summitt was a mentor to Manning at Tennessee especially during the time when he was exploring his NFL options coming out of college. She was/is someone that he could always turn to, and we have to give her some credit for developing Peyton Manning into the man we see today.
“I called her yesterday and I told her that I always wished I could have played for her. People always say Pat Summitt could have coached a men’s basketball team. I think she could have coached a football team.” – Peyton Manning
Here’s a quick video of Manning discussing his relationship with Summitt.
For those of you who missed the tribute video that was played during the ESPY’s, here’s that clip.
There are so many who are involved with sports that do it for the money, fame, and lifestyle that often times character gets swept under the rug.
What coach(es)/athlete(s) do you most admire for not only their ability, but their character too?