It’s been a secret Rogersville Middle School has kept for weeks – that Peyton Manning was standing in their locker room. But he did not just bring himself, he brought $10,000 worth of brand new equipment for its football team during his offseason. 

Manning is the former quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.  

And east Tennessee is near and dear to his heart since he played college football for the University of Tennessee. 

Manning delivered the equipment as part of Riddell’s “18 in 18” Smarter Football Program. 

This equipment is not only new, but its upgraded technology that head coach Jeremy Bailey said can help them better track injuries and protect players during practices and games. 

Riddell recently awarded new equipment to 18 football programs across the nation.