Peyton Manning’s playing days may be in the rearview mirror, but the legendary quarterback has remained in the public spotlight since his post-Super Bowl victory retirement. On Wednesday night, the former Tennessee star attended the Middle Tennessee Sports Awards banquet in Nashville and took part in a light-hearted Q&A with The Tennessean’s sports editor, Dave Ammenheuser.
Of interest to Vols fans, of course, is what Manning had to say about speculation that he’d like to coach at his alma mater. But to hear Manning tell it, he’d rather cheer from the stands than return to the sidelines.
“No, I will not be coaching QBs at Tennessee, but I’ll be the biggest Vols fan this year,” Manning said, per ESPN Radio Nashville host Austin Stanley.
He went on to say that he does not even envision himself coaching, period.
“I do not see myself coaching. I will not be a coach,” he said via ESPN Radio Nashville host Jared Stillman.
So then the question remains: What does Manning, whose intensity as a player was more than well-documented, plan to do with all this free time?
In the immediate, he’ll be traveling with his former Denver Broncos teammates to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for a date with Barack Obama at the White House. By the time football season rolls around, however, you might be able to spot Manning at Neyland Stadium on Saturdays.