Last weekend, the NFL games appeared to be more about politics than about football. Now, reports are coming out that a former football star might be making that same shift. Instead of through protests, however, it would be through a legitimate Senate run.
The Washington Examiner reported on Wednesday that Peyton Manning might be considering a run for U.S. Senate. Manning is considered to be one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time.
Manning played 18 seasons in the NFL and spent the majority of his career with the Indianapolis Colts before moving on to the Denver Broncos. The football legend holds the NFL record for the total number of passing yards, touchdown passes, AP MVP awards, and Pro Bowl appearances.
Now, the two-time Super Bowl champion may be looking to expand his reach. A Tennessee Republican source reported that Manning is one of three names that have been mentioned as a potential GOP candidate.
Current Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker announced on Tuesday that he will not be running for re-election in 2018.
He said, "When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for more than two terms. Understandably, as we have gained influence, that decision has become more difficult. But I have always been drawn to the citizen legislator model, and while I realize it is not for everyone, I believe with the kind of service I provide, it is the right one for me."
“I also believe the most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months, and I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career," he continued.
Now, people are looking at Peyton Manning, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, or Gov. Bill Haslam as his potential replacements.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais said that he thought Manning would be more interested in running in 2020 if Lamar Alexander decides not to run again. He said that Manning is a "great and popular guy" and that he could see him pursuing the seat in the future.
Manning made an appearance at the White House with Sen. Corker in June, where they spent a day playing golf with President Trump.
While the University of Tennessee alumnus has not confirmed that he is looking at a Senate run, Manning's name continues to circulate the political world.
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