Retired Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has to be impressed with the job John Elway has done.
Taking over his old team after one of the worst seasons in franchise history, Elway built it into a Super Bowl winner in a matter of years. He hung the prospect of a second Super Bowl in front of Manning to lure him to Denver, then made good by helping him get to two title games, beating the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Manning retired after the win, just like Elway did after winning Super Bowl 33, his second in a row.
So, does Manning think he’ll ever copy Elway and try to run a franchise?
“It certainly could be a possibility,” Manning said, per Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. “I know John didn’t take his job with the Broncos until he was 50 years old. He had stopped playing for 12 years at that point. I’m 41 years old and it’s my second season out, so people like to make that comparison but it is such an individual thing.”
So, he’s not there yet. However, he absolutely loves this game. He just may need more time to settle down and figure out what’s next.
“I believe in staying close to the game,” Manning said. “I went to the combine last year and met with some GMs and some owners to pick their brains on different sides of things. I sat in with a team during the NFL draft this year. I stayed off camera, but I was able to sit in and watch. Often times if I am speaking at a certain event, I will stop by that NFL team or college team and go talk some football.
“But I know what that job entails, and that is an all-in job. That is a do-not-put-your-phone-down-ever job. It’s a 24-7-365 days a year job. Because I know what that commitment is and what that job entails, it is just not the right place for me right now. I really am enjoying what I’m doing. As far as what will happen in the next few years I can’t really say, but like I said, I will always be close to the game.”
With a job that demanding, Manning knows he has to be all in. Right now, he’s having fun relaxing, staying in touch, and shooting plenty of commercials.
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