Former Vol Peyton Manning released a statement Wednesday about the stepping down of legendary Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt due to early onset dementia. The Denver Post reported
"Through the dedication and selflessness Pat Summitt has shown at the University of Tennessee, she has made an immeasurable impact both on and off the basketball court during her Hall of Fame career. The strength and perseverance that have defined her as a coach, mentor and role model were never more visible than through the incredible courage she displayed this past season," Manning's said in his statement. "Without question, Pat is one of the strongest people I know. It is no surprise that she has not backed down from a challenge.
"I have always had a great deal of respect and admiration for Pat, and I am truly honored to call her a friend. I look forward to watching her continue to inspire others in her new role at the University of Tennessee."