Peyton Manning on seeking Lamar’s seat: ‘I have no interest in the political world’

Back in January, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander dismissed as “unfounded rumor” speculation that the veteran Tennessee lawmaker would not seek re-election when his current term ends and Peyton Manning would run for his seat. Now the retired NFL quarterback, once the star quarterback at the University of Tennessee, says pretty much the same thing, reports the Denver Post.

Since retiring from the NFL in March 2016, Manning has been the subject of much speculation about his next career, which has ranged from potentially joining the Colts’ front office (he didn’t) to running for the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is reported to be weighing retirement instead of running for a fourth term in 2020, and Manning’s name has been floated as a potential candidate. (Previous post HERE.)

“I don’t know where that came from. 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,” Manning said. “I have no interest in the political world, but would like to continue serving communities.”

Manning said he’s “excited about the next chapter of my career” and that he has “a bucket list” of things he wants to do before finding something new.

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