Could the recently-retired Peyton Manning be on his way to the broadcast booth? If he heeds the advice of longtime broadcaster John Madden, the answer will be no.
Madden advised Manning to “get a piece of ownership or go the Elway route” in a recent conversation, according to a report by the Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre.
The future Hall of Famer is reportedly considering an offer from CBS Sports to be an analyst alongside play-by-play man Jim Nantz. For years, Madden has been known for lending his name to the popular “Madden” football video game series. But he also spent 29 years as an announcer, working for Fox, ESPN, NBC and CBS after a coaching stint in the NFL.
Manning and the Denver Broncos reached the Super Bowl twice with the aforementioned Elway serving as the Executive VP of Football Operations. Like Manning, Elway had a copious number of avenues to choose from after he retired as one of the most well-known quarterbacks in the NFL. Elway, however, passed on a lucrative ownership stake with the Broncos and chose a different path, while the potential investment ballooned.
Manning, a former Tennessee Vols quarterback, has been rumored to be considering an ownership in the Tennessee Titans because of his relationship with the region.
It’s nice to have options, but Manning seems to be checking all of his bases before making any long-term commitments. With Manning being known as one of the most prepared quarterbacks in NFL history, it is no surprise.