As many try to figure out what Peyton Manning will do in his post-playing career, here’s the hiding-in-plain-sight reality: He’s doing it.
Manning slowly but surely is building a portfolio of TV programming. Via Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Manning has started Omaha Productions, named for his shotgun-formation catch phrase.
Among other things, Manning will produce programs for other big-name athletes based on his popular Peyton’s Places for ESPN+.
Peyton will next produce other big name athletes’ programs based on the show. He will continue doing another year of the NFL film-breakdown show “Detail” for ESPN+.
As recently noted, he has a deal with NBC to host a resurrected College Bowl, a quiz show for university students.
Marchand’s story contains an intriguing nugget regarding Archie Manning’s close encounter with a TV career. As it turns out, ESPN wanted Archie for NFL PrimeTime, the popular mid-’80s highlight show that became appointment viewing in the days before highlights became instantly available, during the games.
Archie passed on the opportunity. “With three little boys, I wanted my weekends at home,” Archie Manning told Marchand.
Peyton has yet to commit his own football-season weekends to TV. But he’s finding a way to get more and more involved in other types of programming.
Many still think that a network will make him an offer he can’t refuse, and that he’ll enter a prime-time broadcast booth. They’ve definitely offered him jobs. At some point, maybe he’ll accept.