And although Georgia coach Kirby Smart said it didn’t add to the pressure of the game, it sure did help Tennessee fans get hyped up when not only Dolly strolled onto the field to sing their beloved anthem “Rocky Top” at the end of the first quarter – but she was also escorted by none other than legendary Tennessee quarterback and Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning.
Peyton Manning walks Dolly Parton out for her performance at Neyland Stadium
And as play resumed, Dolly spoke about the performance and being at the game:
“It was great, only I couldn’t hear because my sound went out and the stadium’s so loud! I couldn’t even hear it to sing ‘Rocky Top.’ But I was so honored to be here, and I love Peyton and I love the crowd, so it’s just good to be home always.”
Dolly also couldn’t help but giving an impromptu performance of “Rocky Top” during the interview.