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Will Peyton Manning run for political office in Tennessee in 2020?

Broncos Wire logo Broncos Wire 3/20/2017 Jon Heath

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Peyton Manning presents the AP Most Valuable Player Award during the NFL HONORS at the Wortham Theater Center on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Atlanta Falscons quarterback Matt Ryan was the winner. © Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Peyton Manning presents the AP Most Valuable Player Award during the NFL HONORS at the Wortham Theater Center on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Atlanta Falscons quarterback Matt Ryan was the winner. Republican Lamar Alexander, Tennessee's senior senator, is up for re-election in 2020, but there are rumors that he may retire at that time.

One potential candidate to replace Alexander is former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, according to a report from news website Politico (via the Indy Star). Although Manning has been linked to politics in the past, the report of a potential run for senate seems to be mere speculation.

Alexander has made no public indication that he actually plans to retire. And even if Alexander does retire, there's been "no indication that Manning has taken any steps to set up a campaign," according to Tom Ingram, a political operative from Tennessee.

Manning, who spoke at a congressional Republican leaders' event in January, retired from the NFL after winning Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos last year. If he does decide to run for politics in Tennessee, the same state where he played college football, Manning would likely be a favorite to win his race.

"He is a Tennessee hero and if he should ever choose to use his legendary determination, knowledge and drive in politics, he would be an extremely formidable candidate," Scott Golden, the state party chairman, told the Indy Star.

Manning will turn 41 years old later this month.

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