Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning has won nearly every award up for grabs in his illustrious football career. From an SEC Championship when he played for the University of Tennessee to becoming a Super Bowl champion and five-time NFL league MVP, one would think that Manning's career is a far cry from being compared to a country song. But, the 14-time Pro-Bowler made the comparison in a news conference prior to this weekend's Super Bowl 50.
One of the big questions leading into Sunday's big game is whether or not it will be Peyton Manning's last. With an NFL career spanning nearly 20 years, it seems only fitting that Manning would consider retirement, especially if the Denver Broncos pull off a win against the Carolina Panthers and allow him to truly go out on top . But, for the time being, Manning is dodging any about retirement, and he's doing it using a well-known country music lyric.
"I can't make some of the same throws, do some of the same things I used to, but I can still move the chains. Kinda like ol' Toby Keith said, 'Maybe I'm not as good as I once was, but I can be as good once as I ever was.'"
It should come as no surprise that Manning is a fan of country music. The athlete, who turns 40 next month, has been spotted attending numerous country music events over the years, even taking the stage with Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and others for memorable duets. One of Manning's best friends is none other than country star Kenny Chesney. According to the LA Times, Chesney has taken the football great on tour with him and allowed him to play backup guitar occasionally (the guitar is unplugged while Manning is on stage as he isn't much of a guitar player). And, apparently, he isn't much of a singer either. Manning's little brother and fellow NFL quarterback Eli worded it best when he said, "Peyton Manning can carry a team, but not a tune." Peyton agrees.
"When we sing together, I'm pretty good about staying just far enough away from the microphone so my voice doesn't come through," Peyton said of singing with Kenny Chesney. "Every now and then, he'll hang me out. He'll bend down and leave me alone at the mic."
Check out Kenny Chesney and Peyton Manning's collaboration on 'Where I Come From' in the video below.
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