Peyton Manning is arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. He holds numerous personal bests and accolades, including two Super Bowl rings and a Hall of Fame bust in Canton, Ohio.
But when it comes to ever getting a head coach’s headset and clipboard in the NFL, Manning isn’t interested. And you can blame that in part on Manning’s experience coaching his son’s sixth-grade football team.
“I’m the offensive coordinator on my son Marshall’s sixth grade football team. We lost in overtime on Saturday and some of my players asked me why I ran the ball so much in the red zone,” Manning told Colin. Cowherd Podcast this week. “Well, I think coaching in my future is also impossible because it’s hard to hear that from some sixth graders. To hear that from a 32-year-old wide receiver or quarterback, ‘Hey, I haven’t caught the ball. What are you doing?’ I think he’s out.”
Manning added that he doesn’t think he’d want to be a general manager — because he feels he’s not qualified — but he loves being a “resource” for GMs, players and coaches who like to pick his brain.
However, the former Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts quarterback doesn’t lack for actual game experience. Manning played in 293 total NFL games during his 18 years in the league, where he won five MVP awards and was named to seven All-Pro teams and 14 Pro Bowls. He also ranks third all-time in career passing yards and passing touchdowns.
But as far as taking an official position in a team’s front office or coaching staff, Manning sounds content with his current postgame efforts — of which there are many. The biggest and perhaps closest to the NFL is his entertainment company, Omaha Productions, which has produced many shows such as “Peyton’s Places” on the Emmy-winning “Manningcast” during ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Performances keep him close to the game — but not too close. Just what Manning learned he wanted after taking a year off after retiring from the NFL in 2015. With the advice of former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, Manning enjoyed his first season without playing in the majors and discovered that You really don’t want to be a coach or a full-time broadcaster.
“I didn’t think I would be a very good coach,” Manning said during the podcast. “I was good at calling plays when I played quarterback. I’m not very good when other players are playing, hence my job as an offensive coordinator in the sixth grade. Whenever Jim Sorgi or Brock Osweiler would come in, sometimes they would let it I call plays in the preseason and I screwed up. Three and out all just one time. That’s how I learned I didn’t want to do that.
“I learned what I didn’t want to do [during that year] and I just found various things along the way that came up because I didn’t hit on something right away. Now I can do two shows with each of my brothers.”