Ex-Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is rumored to be weighing a run for congress 2020, although there is little indication he is gearing up to do so.
Rumblings of Manning’s bid for a seat in the United States Senate first appeared in a report by Politico back in January, but were seemingly shot down this week after Michael Collins for USA Today looked into those claims.
While there could be an opening for Manning to run in Tennessee should Republican Lamar Alexander decides to retire in 2020, whether that will happen remains uncertain. Manning was a star quarterback at the University of Tennessee and remains extremely popular in the state.
For what it’s worth, a political operative close to Alexander says there is no indication he won’t run for re-election. Furthermore, Manning reportedly has not had any conversations with the Tennessee Republican Party about the possibility.
None of which is to say Alexander won’t retire and Manning couldn’t begin mobilizing a campaign at a later date. Nor does this preclude Manning from running at a future date, either.
To what extent Manning has political ambitions is unclear, but it is at least interesting his name was floated out there. One would imagine one of the most popular, instantly recognizable athletes to plays in Tennessee home would probably do quite well with voters, especially given how intelligent and well-spoken he is.