It’s an election year, and every presidential candidate is looking for some type of endorsement. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning received an endorsement of his own Sunday, and it happened to come from one of those candidates.
Donald Trump appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, and Will Brinson of CBS Sports passed along his comments regarding Manning and the Feb. 7 Super Bowl:
Your Carolina team is sort of a hot team. And the quarterback's doing great. I very much have always liked Peyton Manning. He's a very good guy. I know him. And he's a very, very good guy. So I have to go with the person I know and I like. I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something.
But I'll stick with Peyton because he's a very good guy.
Trump has a reputation for not holding back with his opinions, but he seemed to be playing both sides and praising the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton while also pledging his support for Manning and the Broncos.
Brinson noted Trump is friends with quarterback Tom Brady, so at least he isn’t holding any grudges against Manning for knocking out the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
There is something of a parallel between Trump’s presidential campaign and Manning’s 2015 season, so perhaps the endorsement was appropriate.
Few would have believed in the middle of the regular season that Manning would reach the Super Bowl. He finished the 2015 campaign with nine touchdown passes and 17 interceptions and didn’t resemble anything close to the sure-fire Hall of Famer who dominated the NFL for years.
What’s more, Brock Osweiler took over the team when Manning suffered a foot injury, and No. 18 only returned after his replacement threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the season finale against the San Diego Chargers.
As for Trump, he made a career as a businessman and television personality, among other things, and doesn’t have the resume of most presidential candidates. Yet here he is, with Monday’s Iowa caucus right around the corner, as the front-runner for the Republican Party.
Trump may have work to do if he wants to become president, but at least he doesn’t have to deal with Newton and the 17-1 (including playoffs) Panthers. Newton threw for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns, adding another 636 yards and 10 scores on the ground, and is likely on his way to winning the MVP award.
Perhaps Newton will throw his hat into the presidential race alongside Trump if he wins the Super Bowl. Politics seem to be the only thing the dynamic superstar hasn’t conquered yet this season.