Often it’s difficult to keep secrets when your actions speak for themselves. When Grambling State alum Doug Williams found out that an anonymous foundation enhanced a scholarship in his name at his university, he was determined on discovering who it was.
“When I asked who did this, I was told the donor wanted it to be anonymous,” Williams, now a senior vice president for the Washington Football Team, informed ESPN. “You understand I have my connections at Grambling. I made a phone call and learnt it was Peyton Manning’s structure.”
However as shocked as Williams was, it gets much better.
” [Manning’s structure] was enhancing a half-dozen scholarships at traditionally Black colleges and universities [HBCUs],” Williams stated. “Peyton is a Louisiana kid. I know he’s offered to a lot of terrific causes without promotion, however this was a most pleasant surprise for me.”
ESPN reports that yes, the biggest NFL quarterback of all-time (sorry, I do not know who this Tom Brady man is) has actually endowed six scholarships at four different HBCUs in his home state of Louisiana, as well as two in Tennessee, where he played for the Tennessee Volunteers as a collegiate professional athlete.
The endowments were made through his Peyback Foundation, which was founded in 1999, and obviously is in the organization of distributing Christmas gifts early.
Once again, it gets better.Each endowment has a prestigious alum’s name on it at the request of the Peyton Foundation. When pushed for comment, Manning declined to resolve his personal
involvement with the endowments but provided the following declaration:”The Peyback Structure is honored to partner with these 6 colleges to honor distinguished Alumni and employee, and to assist college students at these schools now and several years to come. Really, for perpetuity.”Yet despite his efforts to avoid the spotlight, Williams and Carmichael are bent on guaranteeing that the two-time Super Bowl champ gets his due.
“I think Peyton needs to be acknowledged so we can broaden the circle of possible donors out there for a great cause,”Williams stated.”I feel the like Doug when it pertains to what Peyton’s structure is doing with HBCUs. It’s really an honor to have my name on that scholarship,” Carmichael stated.”I go back a long time with Archie, his daddy.
We played in a Pro Bowl together. […] An endowed scholarship with my name connected? I am truly humbled and blessed.” With his playing days behind him, it appears that Manning is still the same leader off the field that he was on it.