Sporting legends’ ‘awesome’ virus gesture
Two American sporting icons made a guest appearance in virtual classes at their old universities to motivate students during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Most universities across the world have been forced to conduct lessons online due to the coronavirus outbreak, and NFL legend Peyton Manning took the opportunity to crash one of his old classes.
Approximately 25 University of Tennessee, Knoxville students were in a virtual tutorial when the two-time Super Bowl champion appeared on their computer screens.
"I just wanted to drop in and say hello to all the fellow comminations students there. I realise this is a unique time and probably not the ideal way you guys want to spend your senior year," Manning said.
"But I just encourage you to keep a positive attitude - keep working like you're doing and try to take advantage of the extra time that you have.
"A lot of people are hurting out there - be thankful for what you have.
"University of Tennessee is proud of you and is going to support you every way they can."
Television presenter Scottie Nell Hughes tweeted, "This is awesome! Peyton Manning dropping in on a UTKnoxville Communication class is exactly the bright moment needed for these disappointed Seniors! It would be awesome if all celebrities would go back to their fav teacher & brighten the kids day!"
However, not all the students were enthused by the footballer's cameo.
Peyton Manning slips into a Tennessee Zoom classroom to wish seniors well.. And these three could not be less interested 🤷♂️😂 pic.twitter.com/WcGDSm28Gm— 🇨🇦 Marshall Ferguson 🏈 (@TSN_Marsh) March 27, 2020
Manning completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1996. He also played four seasons with the Tennessee Volunteers college football team before he was the No. 1 pick at the 1998 NFL draft.
The star quarterback went on to become a five-time NFL MVP, compiling 539 touchdowns during a stellar 18-year career.
Manning donated AU$1.6 million to help create the John Haas Student Experiential Learning Endowment, a facility at the University of Tennessee named after the same professor conducting the class.
American basketballer Steph Curry also crashed an online class at the University of Southern California this week, the 32-year-old also motivating tertiary students stuck at home.
The six-time NBA All-Star has represented the Golden State Warriors since 2009, claiming three NBA titles with the franchise.
The NBA 2019/20 season was suspended earlier this month due to the coronavirus outbreak - former teammate Kevin Durant has tested positive for the virus.