Over the past year, social media has been awash in speculation over Peyton Manning’s next career move.
Will he try to get into NFL ownership with the Titans? Will Browns owner Jimmy Haslam lure him to Cleveland as the football czar? Is Colts owner Jim Irsay intent on carving out a front-office job for his former quarterback? Will Manning eventually return to Denver as the head coach? Would he rather return to his old college stomping grounds at the University of Tennessee?
Is he a natural for the Sunday Night Football broadcasting team?
Don’t count on the latter option.
Appearing on Wednesday’s edition of Good Morning Football, John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal reported that Manning won’t be joining Romo as a television analyst.
“I haven’t actually talked to Peyton about this,” Ourand said, “but people who are close to him say he has no interest in being a sports broadcaster. … He has little interest in traveling every Sunday. He has little interest in going into work every Sunday to do a studio show.”
What does intrigue Manning, Ourand explained, is continuing along the John Elway path and mastering the business side of football.
Manning has already followed in Elway’s footsteps by bringing a championship to Denver and walking off into the sunset.
Might the two join forces in the Broncos front office, with Elway grooming Manning as his first lieutenant and eventual successor?
Manning seems to be in no hurry to jumpstart his post-playing career. Once he does get the itch, though, it makes sense that Elway would be one of his first phone calls.