Peyton Manning rules out Senate run, again

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Peyton Manning continues to have no interest in being a politician. He said it in March, and he said it again on Wednesday.

It came up on Wednesday because long-time Tennessee Senator Bob Corker has announced that he won’t seek re-election, opening a seat that Manning could pursue. If he were interested in something like that. But he isn’t.

Via the Associated Press, Manning said on WGFX-FM radio in Nashville that he has given “zero consideration” to running for office.

“I certainly have an interest in politics and in our country,” Manning said. “I just have zero interest in being a politician.”

Of course, the best politicians insist they have no desire to run for any given office, until they decide that they believe they’ll win if they do indeed run. Politicians who openly state their political aspirations set themselves up to be perceived as failures if they never become what they openly hope to be.

With or without Manning, the election will happen in 2018. Which gives him plenty of time to come to the conclusion that he’d win, and thus that he should run.

Manning retired after the 2015 season, and he has yet to transition to any specific, regular employment since then. Whatever he does, he’ll be successful. But he has the money to choose to do nothing at all, especially since his part-time gigs (like endorsements and hosting the ESPYs) pay pretty well.

9 responses to “Peyton Manning rules out Senate run, again

  1. I do know this much. In Tennessee, if he does decide to run-he will need a campaign budget of 0 to win the seat.

    Not sure if that is good or bad, but that is the reality.

  2. I’m going to take Manning’s word for it. Who would want to deal with all the baggage that comes with being a politician in today’s climate?

    Then again, maybe he could solve the whole kneeling debacle…

  3. He should spend his time doing something that would really make a difference, like hanging out in locker rooms during the national anthem.

    That’ll change things!

  4. I think Manning enjoys his time off after 100 years in football. He has a net worth of $225M, he still makes $15M/yr from his commercials, and he owns 22 Papa John’s pizza franchises. I have read that if he ever takes another day job it would likely be in coaching, preferably for the University of Tennessee.

  5. Number one reason he will never run, he loves football too much. If he were a senator, he would not have time to be around the game very much.

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