Peyton Manning plays quarterback and makes commercials.Beyond that, we know almost nothing about him. We can’t remember if he has a wife. We don’t know where he lives in the offseason. We don’t know what car he drives or which Caribbean island he escapes to.
In an era where athletes are also celebrities (A-Rod, LeBron, Brady, etc.), he’s managed to maintain his privacy while also endorsing anything that moves.
We scoured the Internet looking for anecdotes about what the world’s most private superstar is like off the field.
We all know about the endorsements ($15 million a year worth), but what else does Peyton do off-the-field?
He leans conservative. He has given money to several Republican candidates, including George W. Bush in 2004
He made his entertainment-world debut as host of SNL. He was praised for being one of the best athlete hosts ever
The weirdest Peyton anecdote we could find: Page Six reported in 2007 that he used to go to the Kentucky Derby every year with Kid Rock, Dennis Travitt, Dennis Hopper, and George Strait
The biggest rumoured scandal we could find: He allegedly made a cameo at a Sweet 16 party in 2007 and popped up from behind a cake wearing a baker's hat. rumour is he got paid $200k
Manning is an example to other athletes that you don't have to be a celebrity to have a popular brand.
He is one of the most marketable people on Earth. Yet he does it without tripping up or trying to exploit his personal life for fame.
Take note, superstars.
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