Billboard messages to teams and/or players have become something of a trend around the NFL in recent years.
They’ve popped up to criticize Al Davis, push for Bill Cowher to come to Buffalo and agitate for Tim Tebow’s ascension to the starting lineup in Denver, so it was only natural that Peyton Manning’s availability would lead to some happy outdoor advertising salesmen. Folks in Nashville and Miami didn’t even wait for Manning to officially part ways with the Colts before getting to work on their signage. Now Arizona is getting into the fun.
A mattress company has put up one billboard and purchased time on three electronic sign boards urging Peyton Manning to “Please Sleep Here.” Florio’s breaking down Manning’s potential destinations on Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live, although we’re not sure how much he’s going to consider the role of billboards in swaying Manning to a particular team. Just to be on the safe side, Seattle and Washington might want to get to work on something to make commuters in their towns picture Manning in a Seahawks or Redskins uniform.
Popular as these billboards have become, only the guys buying it in Denver wound up seeing their dream come true. We’ll see if the hit rate climbs when Manning chooses his next team.