Seven years ago, the Knoxville News Sentinel put out an all-points bulletin for children named Peyton. The response was overwhelming, with dozens showing up at the office with their parents in tow to have their picture taken.
They ranged in age from infants to 12-year-olds. Boys and girls. Some names were the result of a football bet. Others, chosen after a man their parents thought exemplified good character and class.
They all had one thing in common: They were named after Peyton Manning.
More than 50 showed up for the picture, and nearly 120 from throughout the U.S. and Canada responded to the request. The resulting photos and video were mentioned nationally by Entertainment Tonight and Sports Illustrated.
Since Manning’s playing days in the mid-1990s at the University of Tennessee, the name Peyton has been a popular choice in the Volunteer State for both boys and girls.
In 2012, the name was the 51st most popular among newborn girls, according to the Social Security Administration, which tracks baby names by state.
Fast forward to 2014; Manning is once again in the Super Bowl, this time with the Denver Broncos for the game this coming Sunday in New Jersey against the Seattle Seahawks.
Watch the video below to see the 2014 Peyton gathering in Knoxville.