Chris Fowler's Fear of Knoxville

Things about Knoxville, found on the World Wide Web

I hosted the Heisman show and did the presentation. So I go on the air and introduce the winner, Charles Woodson. I’m the one there when he gets handed the trophy, and I’m on the scene when Peyton Manning and his family are deeply disappointed. Immediately, the story wasn’t that Charles Woodson won the Heisman; the story was that Peyton Manning didn’t win it. And I was the guy that was seen giving it to Woodson. I got a lot of negative feedback. The phone was ringing off the hook that night. Then I got a lot of letters, and a lot of other hateful stuff directed at me personally. I was across a chain-link fence at the Orange Bowl from Tennessee fans a month later, and it was really, really edgy; very difficult and uncomfortable. And it stayed that way for a while. We didn’t go back to Knoxville with GameDay for a few years, and when we did, we paid attention to security.

—Chris Fowler, Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN (2011),

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