Tee Martin, Peyton Manning statues in storage

The wax statues of former Tennessee quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tee Martin won't be coming out of the storage closet in Knoxville for a while.

The likenesses of the two were once prominently displayed in UT's Hall of Fame exhibit in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex.

But athletic director Mike Hamilton explained Thursday that since the Hall of Fame went through a renovation 18 months ago, plans for the future location of the statues have been on hold.

"We actually sent an intern into the storage area to get something, and apparently he opened the door and saw the faces of those guys and it scared him,'' Hamilton said. "When the new football complex is finished, there will be a new atrium and tradition room.''

That project isn't scheduled to be completed until August of 2012.

Talk of the statues came up after Hamilton cleared up a misconception Martin had gotten prior to this season's Kentucky-Tennessee game at Neyland Stadium.

"Somehow our guys heard that they took down the street sign with my name on it,'' Martin said on the News Sentinel's Sports Page radio show on Thursday. "I wasn't upset about it; it is what it is.''

A street that runs alongside Neyland Stadium was named Tee Martin Drive as a tribute to the former quarterback who led UT to the 1998 national championship and was 13-0 in the home games he started.

"Tee is my guy, and I wouldn't let that happen,'' Hamilton explained. "I've called and found out that actually the street sign keeps getting stolen. We had the same problem with Peyton's sign (Peyton Manning Pass).''

Hamilton said the Manning sign problem has been solved by raising the height of the street sign to discourage vandals, and he anticipates a solution will be found for the sign honoring Martin.

Hamilton also said he has called Martin on more than one occasion to offer him a position with the UT athletic department.

"But Tee is determined to coach, and I respect that,'' Hamilton said.

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eb502us#225637 writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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They are too young to be bronzed. Both still have time for a meltdown in life.

mtowntim writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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Oh come on now, You know that you would just luuuuvv to have one each of those Tee Martin And Peyton Manning statues to snuggle in between on these cold nights...right?..Brett Maverick :))

ClassicVol (Inactive) writes:

UT should have never started making statues and naming streets after players.

YoungUtAlum writes:

sadly, the tee martin statue will never be displayed again because it broke during the renovation process. a new one will have to be made if they ever display them again.

sequoyah#236720 writes:

Peyton and Tee are part of the awesomeness that is UT Football. We keep them in our hearts no matter where those creepy statues are sitting.

Gunzilla writes:

in response to ClassicVol:

UT should have never started making statues and naming streets after players.

What, no Jim Bob Cooter Ct?

CoverOrange writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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I've got a nit on my left buttock. Want to pick at that too?

CrankE writes:

So.......they're in the CLOSET together?

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to CrankE:

So.......they're in the CLOSET together?

chuckle!

murrayvol writes:

This thread sure went to hell in a heartbeat.

TommyJack writes:

I'd get rid of that intern.

tulelakevol writes:

murrayvol, good call.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

I'd get rid of that intern.

Might need em to shovel snow.

Ayres_Hall writes:

This is NOT good. Street names, statues, etc. should be limited to only the ancient (and somewhat mythical) gridiron warriors of the past... not guys still in their twenties or early thirties.

Please, Volunteer Nation, leave the idol worshipping to the Bammars.

VolNavy writes:

Bammers would store them at Wal-Mart

N2Motorsports writes:

I heard the intern tried to make out with the Peyton Manning statue

TNVol72 writes:

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gbrown2 writes:

Both gentlemen are worthy of the statues!!! GO VOLS!!!!!!

FWBVol writes:

OK, here's something about the street names, because the streets on campus are actually under Knoxville city authority, it is the city government that must give approval for the renaming of streets.

Yes, all across campus you have Neyland Drive, Johnny Majors Drive, Pat Head Summitt Street, Phillip Fulmer Way, etc. If you go to downtown Knoxville you will find a Cafego Street, named for the star tailback of the 1930s, George Cafego and, in west Knoxville you have Ray Mears Blvd., honoring the late Tennessee basketball coach.

I don't know how the tradition got started, but I, for one like it. I'd much rather streets be named for those who have impacted the Voluneteer athletic program than to have bland street names that are actually street numbers such as 12th St., 13 St., and so on.

As for the statues, Peyton Manning is the all-time leader in every statistical category for quarterbacks that counts with the exception of rushing. He was, and continues to be a great ambassador for our great university. And Tee Martin is the only quarterback since the days of the General to lead Tennessee to a national championship. He has always carried himself well and been a strong representative of the university.

Yes, you could make an argument that Reggie White and others deserve some sort of statue when the rennovations are complete, but that's something for another day.

VolzsFan writes:

Without the great Hall of Famer Phil Fulmer, there would be no:

Peyton Manning
Tee Martin
UT National Championship
75% winning % at a school that traditionally is about 60%
More kids from UT drafted in the NFL than any other SEC school during his tenure.
An SEC Title game every 3 years or so.
Everyone from his staff gainfully employed in football with good jobs.
UT being the last school to win back to back SEC titles.
The 6th most SEC wins of all time and a higher winning % than that (by Phil).
A stadium that holds 100K.

What they would have is:
continued to be a bridesmaid program
No legit National Titles
Still a school with only 7 out right SEC titles
Irrelevancy

We are back to that irrelevancy thing. We are 8th in the SEC for this decade with no hope in sight.

Hey Griff, you had a nice article on Phil's statue at the stadium on Phillip Fulmer Way. They need to put the most deserving coach in UT history in a prominent place NOW!!

wehudson writes:

Tee Martin is walking down the strip while wearing his jersey. A fan thinks he recognizes him, comes up and points to Tee's chest and says "hey, you Tee Martin?" Tee says "no, UT Knoxville".

CoverOrange writes:

That Phil was amazing.
He told Olivia and Archie when to have children.
Cycled through hundreds of potential NFLers with only two SEC championships.
Built Neyland Stadium with his bare hands!
Coached 8 of 10 years to lead UT to 8th place!

vol_till_i_die writes:

in response to TNVol72:

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Okay Dooley is a great coach for Tennesee, and Pearl is also a great coach so instead of criticizing Hamilton all of the time, you look at the good stuff he has done.

VOLtage writes:

Its time these two came out of the closet.

koamalina writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Amen! Reggie was the man!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Don't sleep on Doug Atkins. He and Reggie were actually very similar. Both were born and raised in Tennessee as well.

esarmstrong#231516 writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

They are too young to be bronzed. Both still have time for a meltdown in life.

Pardon the pun?

esarmstrong#231516 writes:

in response to CrankE:

So.......they're in the CLOSET together?

They'll be coming out of the closet together too!

OrangeBlur writes:

Somebody at UT needs to settle on an 'Official' UT orange. I mean is it THAT hard to recognize what should be UT orange? Perhaps choose the orange which appears on the helmets, send that same swatch of orange to the suppliers and reject any apparel that isn't UT orange.

Hell, even the state issued UT license plates with the big 'Power T' on the left is TEXAS BURNT ORANGE, while the 1998 NC plate is a more traditional UT orange. I have 3 newer UT shirts that are all different shades of orange. Geeze Louise.

And please completely sh*tcan those gold metalflake jerseys we had during the SEC championship game with LSU. What the French was up with those uglyass things?

GBO

TNVol72 writes:

in response to vol_till_i_die:

Okay Dooley is a great coach for Tennesee, and Pearl is also a great coach so instead of criticizing Hamilton all of the time, you look at the good stuff he has done.

Who says Dooley is a great coach for Tennessee? He limped through his first season 6-7. He got lucky with Pearl, but he's just here "hanging by a thread." One more screw-up from him and he'll be flushed down the toilet! The NCAA told Hamilton not to hire "Lame" before he hired him because of the investigation they were doing at USC at the time and they knew he (Kiffin) was right in the middle of that mess out there, but he disregarded them and hired the moron, anyway! Is that some of the "good stuff" your boy Hamilton has done for Tennessee? Maybe we need to put up a TURD "vol_till_i_die" statue just for you!

tennezz writes:

I heard Vandy is going to display a statue of PeeWee Herman!

13ontheway writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

This is NOT good. Street names, statues, etc. should be limited to only the ancient (and somewhat mythical) gridiron warriors of the past... not guys still in their twenties or early thirties.

Please, Volunteer Nation, leave the idol worshipping to the Bammars.

Bama only worships the coache's of NC teams. They do not retire numbers of great players, or name street's after them. Only want-a-be programs stoop to this level. If Bama retired numbers, we would not have any left to give out to the future All Americans. Manning was great, but who says he will be better than some future kid that wants to wear his number 16?

volboy81 writes:

I sure hope Hamilton opens the "Atrium and Tradition Room" to the general public. He seems to like to keep all of us commoners out of most of the facilities over there!

Ga_Dave writes:

in response to VolNavy:

Bammers would store them at Wal-Mart

Speaking of Alabubbas and Walmart. I teach near Auburn and asked a few of their fans today if they win Monday, are they going to take the trophy to the Opilieka Walmart for display. Their reply, "No, we got more class than Bama, we're taking it to Target." I laughed till I almost cried. GBO

Tennessee_checkerboards writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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i think this is the most complete intelligent thought youve ever had...good job

AC_84 writes:

in response to TNVol72:

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i agree 100%

RichmondKyVol writes:

in response to wehudson:

Tee Martin is walking down the strip while wearing his jersey. A fan thinks he recognizes him, comes up and points to Tee's chest and says "hey, you Tee Martin?" Tee says "no, UT Knoxville".

Don't quit your day job.

ddayvolsfan#238252 writes:

I am very disappointed in the current state of the Hall of Fame or what ever they call it. UT needs a place for the fans to go to view the National Championship, SEC Championship and bowl game trophies, view the videos, and relive the memories of games fought and championships won. I think if UT asked, they could get 1000's of pieces of UT memoribilia donated by the fans to a first class museum / Hall of Champions. It would be a big draw on game day and would help in football recruiting.

ethanfrome writes:

This has nothing to do with coach Fulmer, Tee Martin, or Manning. Anyone who opposes putting these God-awful wax statues in storage must be over eighty years old, mentally deficient, or simply a person who has never looked at the things.

The only criticism warranted here is towards the moronic idiots who spent GOD KNOWS WHAT on those stupid looking wax statues.

I remember in the 90’s, looking at Peyton and thinking: WHAT DID WE PAY FOR THIS? WHAT DID WE PAY FOR THE WHIG?

Anyone who criticizes Hamilton for this wears a mullet.

BradleyJKinkaid writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

I've got a nit on my left buttock. Want to pick at that too?

This must simply be the comment of the year!

BradleyJKinkaid writes:

in response to BradleyJKinkaid:

This must simply be the comment of the year!

Orrr, last year maybe ;]

wehudson writes:

in response to RichmondKyVol:

Don't quit your day job.

Haha RichmondKyVol, ironically I'm a touring Stand Up Comedian (not a joke). My ex wife always hated that joke because it was so bad. So, just to make her mad I post it anytime a Tee Martin thread gets started somewhere, then forward her the link. And, I usually get the same response you gave me.

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Without the great Hall of Famer Phil Fulmer, there would be no:

Peyton Manning
Tee Martin
UT National Championship
75% winning % at a school that traditionally is about 60%
More kids from UT drafted in the NFL than any other SEC school during his tenure.
An SEC Title game every 3 years or so.
Everyone from his staff gainfully employed in football with good jobs.
UT being the last school to win back to back SEC titles.
The 6th most SEC wins of all time and a higher winning % than that (by Phil).
A stadium that holds 100K.

What they would have is:
continued to be a bridesmaid program
No legit National Titles
Still a school with only 7 out right SEC titles
Irrelevancy

We are back to that irrelevancy thing. We are 8th in the SEC for this decade with no hope in sight.

Hey Griff, you had a nice article on Phil's statue at the stadium on Phillip Fulmer Way. They need to put the most deserving coach in UT history in a prominent place NOW!!

The Lane Trainers dont want to hear. They keep having to dog out Coach Fulmer to make themselves feel better about the WAC job we have now.

firemikehamiltonnow.com

utclassof1992 writes:

You know, it seems funny to me how Mikey is trying to erase every bit of Fulmer history from the campus. Kinda like Doug Pedersen did at Nebraska (you know, Mikes old assoctiate from the early 90s UTAD). Pedersen absolutely took a wizz on Nebraska tradition when he was there, and Mike dont fall far from that tree. For guys like these, chasing the next hot sexy will always take precedence to tradition and loyalty. Enjoy the change you asked for. Isn't replacing New Year's Day bowl with trips to Nashville and Atlanta great?

firemikehamiltonnow.com

CoverOrange writes:

in response to AlvinToles:

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Which makes him smarter than you.

allntl1#565211 writes:

I would argue that Tee Martin is the smartest QB to play at UT.

He knew to get out of AL.
Maybe you do not have to be that smart to do that.

BillVol writes:

in response to ClassicVol:

UT should have never started making statues and naming streets after players.

Said this for years. I love Peyton, but I miss Yale Avenue, too. I think even Peyton would say to get rid of all of these streets named after UT athletes. We really come off looking redneck doing this. No school -- not even in the SEC -- would name so many campus streets after athletes like we've done.

AHoffman writes:

There will never be a statue made or a street named for Mike Hamilton.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to 13ontheway:

Bama only worships the coache's of NC teams. They do not retire numbers of great players, or name street's after them. Only want-a-be programs stoop to this level. If Bama retired numbers, we would not have any left to give out to the future All Americans. Manning was great, but who says he will be better than some future kid that wants to wear his number 16?

But they do worship such things as mullets, 6th grade educations, father-daughter weddings, meth labs, at least 20 vacated wins per decade due to cheating and Wal-Mart celebrations.

st8of10ec writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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LOL!You could mold all of Vandy's football heroes in the wax from a box of crayons!

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