Could retired quarterback legend Peyton Manning have yet another drive to the end zone left in him?
Yes, according to many recent reports. As BusinessInsider.com reports:
After news broke that Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker will retire at the end of his term, immediate speculation began about who might run to replace him.
One of the names floated was former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who played college ball at the University of Tennessee.
If Twitter is any indication (and when hasn’t it been?) such speculation has excited football fans and political observers alike.
Senator Peyton Manning (R-TN) sure sounds awesome.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 26, 2017
So.. Peyton Manning? Called up to run? https://t.co/3GR1iaQ4CH
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) September 26, 2017
Sen. Peyton Manning in 2018.
Gov. Tom Brady in 2019.
Epic Brady-Manning primary in 2024.
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) September 26, 2017
Of course, given the widely-covered NFL kneeling controversy, one of the immediate questions for the Superbowl champ will be on his view of it.
Indications are – based upon a 2016 interview shared by scout.com in which Mr. Manning was asked about Mr. Kaepernick’s kneeling – that Mr. Manning supports the right of football players to kneel during the national anthem but would not do so himself:
I certainly respect his (Kaepernick’s) right and his stance. Obviously he can speak for himself. He can give you his thoughts. I don’t think anybody else can be speaking for him. I certainly have always believed in standing for the national anthem, but I certainly respect his rights.
If Peyton Manning runs for Senator Corker’s seat, it appears his celebrity would help him be the front-runner, much like Kid Rock is the frontrunner among Republicans in the race to replace Senator Debbie Stabenow.
Also like Kid Rock, whose rumored campaign is currently crushing that of Harvard-educated conservative Justice Bob Young Jr., one wonders if Mr. Manning’s fame will eclipse the candidacy of better-qualified candidates.
According to FoxNews.com, rival candidates for Senator Corker’s seat may include Rep. Marsha Blackburn and current Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.
However, according to Manning himself, he has no interest in running. In a radio interview yesterday, Manning ruled out a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican Bob Corker, saying he is giving “zero consideration” to running per CBS News.
“I certainly have an interest in politics and in our country,” the former NFL and University of Tennessee quarterback told WGFX-FM. “I just have zero interest in being a politician.”
Well, that’s that.