Fans hoping to see Hall of Famer Peyton Manning one day replace Roger Goodell as commissioner of the NFL shouldn’t get their hopes up too high.
The five-time league MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion was asked about the possibility of running for NFL commissioner during an interview with PFTPM.
The 46-year-old simply doesn’t believe that he’s cut out for the job, and he went on to praise Goodell’s work as the commissioner. Goodell has been the commissioner since 2006, replacing Paul Tagliabue.
“I’m not qualified, in my opinion…
He’s done a heck of a job. I’m not sure anybody wants to follow Roger Goodell as Commissioner. It’s like following John Wooden at UCLA. The bar has been set high. Roger takes criticism, certainly. But I think he’s done a great job…
He’s done a heck of a job. I’m not sure anybody wants to follow Roger Goodell as Commissioner. It’s like following John Wooden at UCLA. The bar has been set high. Roger takes criticism, certainly. But I think he’s done a great job…That’s just not something that’s on my radar. Specifically because I don’t think I’m qualified to do it.”
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Since retiring from football in 2016, Manning has enjoyed a stellar broadcasting career on ESPN. Peyton and his younger brother, Eli, host the popular “ManningCast” program during the majority of Monday Night Football games.
Many fans hoped that Manning would enter coaching or full-time broadcasting after his playing career. Former quarterbacks Troy Aikman, Rich Gannon, Dan Fouts and Phil Simms all enjoyed successful careers as analysts after retiring from football, after all.
Also, Manning’s real-life close friend and longtime football rival, Tom Brady, will join FOX Sports as an analyst on a 10-year, $375 million deal following his playing career.
But Manning is pleased to work the ManningCast program with his brother throughout the 2022 NFL regular season. And of course, the Pro Football Hall of Famer still gets his fair share of televised commercials
As Manning pointed out, Goodell has taken plenty of criticism as the commissioner. But the NFL owners highly approve of his performance, and at the end of the day, that’s all it takes for him to stay in power.
Last year, the New York Times reported that Goodell earned approximately $63.9 million per year in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
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