Peyton to politics? Manning to speak at GOP retreat in Philly

Peyton Manning at the Nov. 20, 2016 reunion of the Colts' 2006 Super Bowl champion team (NBC photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - We are used to seeing Peyton Manning in a jersey and pads out on the football field. But we could see a lot more of Peyton Manning in a suit.

"Omaha!" is the phrase he would yell when he switched up the play on the football field, but what about Indianapolis or Nashville? We may find out this week in Philadelphia.

Manning is one of the most-respected public figures in America. A two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback turned commercial pitchman who is blessed with an uncanny sense of timing, he has given much of his time, his heart and his money to make the lives of others better. He has also donated thousands of dollars to the Republican Party, so could he be on the verge of another transformation?

Manning will be a speaker at a Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia later this week, so now people are beginning to speculate.

"Great personality, very well-liked, high integrity. He would be a formidable candidate if he was interested in running for office," WTHR Republican political analyst Jennifer Hallowell said.

Which poses another question - would he run for governor in Tennessee or U.S. Senate in Indiana?

"He exemplifies characteristics we want in politicians. Strategic, hard worker, dedicated, committed, loyal. We would be thrilled to have someone run for office like that in our state or any state," Allison Barber observed.

We took to the streets to see how voters might react to the man we are accustomed to calling the signals on the football field would be accepted in the political field.

"Not yet. Not until his policies come out, I won't have any problem with it. Until then, let's go Peyton," Nick Eberhart said.

"I think he is very smart. I think he would be excellent," Carrie Houston noted.

"We could use a good influence with the GOP," Samantha Lofton said.

It's certainly something to think about.

"Well, I think it is exciting. I hope it means he will run for office as a Republican, but it is not uncommon to have high-profile guest speakers at the retreat and so my thought is potentially talk to folks about how to work as a team and quarterback a tough agenda," Hallowell said.

Peyton can certainly get things done. He played catch at the Statehouse and got lawmakers to build Lucas Oil Stadium.

Just saying.

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