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Peyton Manning, Steve Spurrier enter College Hall of Fame together – The Denver Post

NEW YORK — After the class picture of the latest Hall of Fame inductees was taken, Peyton Manning made his way over to Steve Spurrier for another handshake and some chit-chat before heading off in opposite directions to do media interviews.

The former Tennessee quarterback and former Florida coach had a one-sided rivalry that helped define an era of Southeastern Conference football. Manning set records in Knoxville, Tennessee, and won just about every award short of the Heisman Trophy, but his teams never beat Spurrier’s mighty Gators.

Famous for his zingers, Spurrier said on the rare occasion he runs into Manning these days, there is no trash talk. There’s just mutual admiration and the chance to talk ball with one of the best quarterbacks the coach has ever seen. The secret to beating Manning was really no secret at all, Spurrier said.

“We just got ready to play the best we could,” Spurrier said. “Offense. Defense. Just seemed to work out. They didn’t have their best game a lot and it seemed like we always played well.”

Spurrier and Manning were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation’s awards banquet in Manhattan.

The rest of the players in Hall of Fame class included Marshall Faulk of San Diego State; 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart of Southern California; Bob Crable of Notre Dame; Kirk Gibson, the National League MVP in 1988 and former Michigan State receiver; Bob McKay of Texas; Dat Nguyen of Texas A&M; Mike Ruth of Boston College; Brian Urlacher of New Mexico; and Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern.

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