After a career in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, what else could Peyton Manning add to his resume amid his many broadcasting ventures? Maybe an NFL coaching job?
If the 46-year-old were to consider that, he would have two requirements.
“All of these opportunities from ‘Peyton’s Places’ to ‘Manningcast’ were appealing because I have a little bit of choice in my schedule. I think whatever comes next just has to be [the] the right fit at the right time,” Manning told the Post on behalf of Frito-Lay and her new World Cup commercial, which he and David Beckham are starring in.
The timing was right for Manning’s good friend and former Colts teammate Jeff Saturday, who earlier this month took the job as the team’s interim head coach, leaving behind his job as a television analyst at ESPN.
“I’m proud of Jeff and the team,” Manning said when asked about the criticism both parties have faced for Saturday’s lack of previous coaching experience beyond the high school level. “Everyone really came together and improved after a tough defeat [in the firing of Frank Reich]and he makes the team look good.
“I was a bit surprised when I saw the news… no inside info here, but obvious [Colts owner] Jim [Irsay] and Jeff had been in talks all year. I’m very happy for him.”
Manning and Saturday were a dynamic quarterback center threat for 12 years with Indianapolis, winning a Super Bowl together in 2007.
Manning recently said he doesn’t think he’s “qualified” to run for commissioner of the NFL. The former Broncos quarterback was also not part of the new ownership group the team acquired earlier this year.
However, the Walton/Penner group reportedly approached Manning over the summer about taking on an advisory role on the team, which could see him join the ownership group.
So why not coaching? In September Manning explained in the podcast by Colin Cowherd that he was still working his way up as the offensive coordinator of his son Marshall’s sixth grade football team. He also trains every summer at Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana.
Though Manning has yet to announce his next career move, he has kept close to football through his various ESPN shows and Omaha Productions company.
The two-time Super Bowl champion has had success hosting Manningcast alongside his brother Eli Manning on Monday Night Football and Peyton’s Places, a football-themed documentary series on ESPN+.
“He was fun working with him on that Monday night show,” Manning said of Eli. “We laugh a lot. We make life difficult for each other, but it’s all in a funny nature. Eli works hard and it’s always fun to talk to him about football. I really enjoyed doing that with him. ”
Manning co-hosted the CMAs with country music star Luke Bryan earlier this month. He also appeared on “Saturday night livein January and co-hosted NBC’s College Bowl with his brother Cooper Manning in September.