Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning has the chance to resume his football career in a different gig. That is, if he's ready to begin the next chapter of his working life.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, both Fox and ESPN are pushing to land 'The Sheriff' to be the analyst for their primetime games. In ESPN's case, they lost Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden - who went back to coaching the Oakland Raiders this offseason.
As for Fox Sports, they signed a $3.3 billion deal to broadcast Thursday Night Football, though the network has yet to announce which commentators will be calling those games. Looks like they're awaiting word from Manning.
Manning could easily follow the footsteps of fellow retired NFL quarterback Tony Romo, who retired after the 2017 season and was hired by CBS and paired up with Jim Nantz to broadcast the network's big games.
Since winning Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos, Manning has happily enjoyed retirement the last two years. He's still been active in his popular and hilarious commercials and endorsements, but has kindly turned down any offers in different lines of work.
Manning is widely recognized as the greatest offensive genius in NFL history. The two-time Super Bowl champion also won a record five MVPs, and has thrown more passing yards (71,940), and touchdowns (539), than any player in history. The Sheriff was able to read a defense like no other, so there's zero doubting that he'd be able to provide sharp analysis during games.
With his charismatic personality, Manning has all the resources needed to be a top-notch NFL analyst. It's no surprise that two of America's biggest networks are fighting for the chance to hire him. But is Manning ready to go from retirement to inside the broadcaster's booth? We'll find out soon enough.