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Peyton Manning receives special honor from Rose Bowl

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His greatness literally reaches across the country.

NCAA Football: Alabama at Tennessee
Peyton will be remembered forever in the Rose Bowl.
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If you know football, you know Peyton Manning. And if you know Peyton Manning, you know how good he is.

But despite the two-time Super Bowl winner’s achievements may be, it speaks volumes when a football program outside of the University of Tennessee celebrates Manning’s legacy.

To be clear, the Rose Bowl —the home of the UCLA Bruins— recently commemorated Manning’s career by giving him his own plaque inside the stadium.

The VFL started the first game of his collegiate career against UCLA in Pasadena. So, per a gift from Kevin G. Clifford of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, that moment will be forever remembered via a historical marker outside of tunnel 16 in the stadium.

“It has been a privilege to partner with the Rose Bowl Stadium team to recognize our great friend, Peyton,” Clifford said in a written statement. “The Rose Bowl and Peyton are two American icons now joined together to honor America’s Stadium and all that is great about College Football.”

It’s a very thoughtful and generous gift, however, I do find it a bit funny that Bruins fans will have to be remembered of Manning literally every time a football game is played there and they will have to explain to their children why a player from another program’s number is being celebrated on their home turf, but I digress.

Just chalk it up as another accomplishment on the vast list of accomplishments for Manning.