It was reported Saturday that Colts owner Jim Irsay tried to hire Jon Gruden as Indianapolis’ next head football coach. Apparently, Peyton Manning was a part of that deal.
According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, Irsay made a “strong push” for Manning to serve as the Colts “head of football” under Gruden.
Despite Gruden shutting down the possibility, the Colts are reportedly still hopeful that they could land Manning.
Colts owner Jim Irsay in fact made strong push for Peyton Manning as head of football w Gruden as coach. Still hopeful to get Peyton
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 14, 2017
Manning retired from professional football following the 2015 seasons after 18 years in the NFL.
Fourteen of those were spent in Indianapolis, where he passed for 54,828 yards and 399 touchdowns. Manning left Indy in 2012 and spent the last four years of his career with the Denver Broncos.
He played at Tennessee from 1994-97, finishing his career with 11,201 passing yards and 89 touchdowns. Manning was named a consensus first-team All-American and Maxwell Award winner in his senior season.