Former Broncos QB Peyton Manning has disappointed an entire nation, telling media Thursday that he will not be running for Congress in Tennessee (or his adopted home state of Colorado) anytime soon.
Tennessee’s Bob Corker says he won’t run for re-election, and Manning’s name immediately came up as a suitable replacement. After all, how could Tennessee turn down the popular, wholesome, future NFL Hall-of-Famer as their representative in Congress? He’s even somewhat Republican; Manning has attended Republican fundraisers in the past, and took in a round of golf with President Donald Trump just last summer.
But, sadly, the Bronco told a radio station this morning that he’s just not interested.
“Zero consideration. It’s funny. I said this a while back. Somebody said I was going to go run a team,” Manning said on WGFX’s morning program. “Somebody said I was going to go be a broadcaster. Now they’re saying I might be a senator. Next week I’m going to be an astronaut.”
“Look, I certainly have an interest in politics and in our country. I just have zero interest in being a politician.”
In fairness, Manning would probably make a much better Senator than astronaut, but both are out of the question, he says, so long as he’s making money in the private sector, as the pitch man for Nationwide insurance, and operating a chain of Papa John’s pizza restaurants across Colorado (which he opened, conveniently, just as the state legalized recreational marijuana).