It may come as a surprise to many Americans that normal people — not just politicians — can run for public office. (See the 1985 and 2016 Presidential elections)
So would it surprise anyone to see former Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning step to the podium and announce his candidacy for the Senator of Tennessee? Zero shock factor at this point.
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker announced via Twitter that he would not run for re-election in 2018, which prompted Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais to make this assumption about the 14-time Pro-Bowl quarterback.
“[Peyton Manning] is a great guy and a popular guy,” DesJarlais said before adding that Manning would “be looking more at” Senator Lamar Alexander’s seat in 2020.
DesJarlais isn’t the most reliable source when it comes to this stuff. His past is littered with scandal and backtracking on his political views. And besides, Manning denied the notion of running for public office when he was in Las Vegas last week.
“I don’t know where that came from,” Manning said. “Last week I was going to run a team, this week I going to apparently run for Senate, and next week I’ll be an astronaut. … I have no interest in the political world, but would like to continue serving communities.”
He added that he is not looking to jump into something this early into his retirement from football since he is focusing on spending time with his young children.
Let’s just fast forward to 2020 when that Senate seat opens up in Tennessee, Manning may find himself fairly bored with his current situation and may decide to give politics a shot. What does he have to lose anyway?
Now there is a better chance that Manning starts wearing a suit and tie as an NFL analyst before he wears one while in public office. Can you imagine his first press conference? Manning lightly jogging out of a tunnel onto a stage, making his way to the podium and scanning the crowd of reporters before shouting out “Omaha, Omaha!”
Everybody laughs. They sit, let some cliche questions fly through the air before Manning concludes the press conference by saying he’s going home for a refreshing Budweiser (because the beer company signed him to a lifetime contract after his Super Bowl 50 post-game interview).