The recently-inducted Pro Football Hall of Fame member and University of Tennessee Volunteers legend has been known to take the mound on occasion to throw out a ceremonial first pitch or two, and Peyton uses the opportunity to showcase his bazooka of a right arm.
Whether it’s the 2021 All-Star Game in Denver or a casual weekend in Knoxville when the Vols ask him to throw out the first pitch before a very important NCAA baseball game, and “The Sheriff” does not disappoint.
Peyton Manning’s First Pitch Missile
Tennessee was kicking off a three-game weekend against the top-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks at Lindsey Nelson Stadium and needed a bit of a morale boost before they squared off.
What better way to hype up a team than to bring back the program’s record-holding quarterback who went on to win two Super Bowls and five NFL MVP awards with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos?
Donning jeans and a button-down shirt, Manning delivered a Nolan Ryan-like wind-up over his head and a pretty darn good leg kick. He then fired a perfect strike (with some serious zip on it) to UT catcher Connor Pavolony.
Like the good guy he is, Peyton also signed the ball and chucked it into the stands.
You can’t throw out a better first pitch than that. You can definitely throw it worse. Just ask 50 Cent.
Unfortunately, Tennessee’s baseball team lost that game 6-5 in front of more than 4,000 fans. The Vols were able to take Game 2 on but lost the series finale. And after Notre Dame upset their chances to become the best team in college baseball history, it looks like Peyton will have to sit in the bullpen for another year.
Peyton clearly still has his arm. He showed us that a couple years ago when he threw a pass to the mascot during a Denver Nuggets game.
Now, let’s see if Eli Manning can throw a strike like that at Ole Miss. Unless, he’s too chicken.
This article was originally published on May 19, 2021, and has been updated since.