So much for the idea of Peyton Manning coaching at Tennessee or attempting a Brett Favre-esque NFL comeback.
Speaking to student-athletes at the Middle Tennessee Sports Awards in Nashville on Thursday night (according to the Denver Post), Manning didn't exactly lend any insight into what he's planning for the fall, when he'll finally have open weekends for the first time in two decades, but he did shoot down two popular ideas.
Manning doesn't sound like he wants to coach at his alma mater. He wants to be a fan instead.
Peyton Manning on becoming a coach: I do not see myself coaching. I will not be a coach.— Jared Stillman (@JaredStillman) May 27, 2016
He also won't be searching for a job in the NFL ... probably.
Will Peyton Manning come out of retirement? "I am out of eligibility. I'm expired." He added "Maybe I will, I can't tell you that" #mtsa2016— Jessica Bliss (@JLBliss) May 27, 2016
Peyton Manning continued: "I didn't get shorted on anything. I got my fill in, so it felt like the right time to stop playing." #mtsa2016— Jessica Bliss (@JLBliss) May 27, 2016
As a quick aside, Manning also said that he'd let his kid play football, despite the violent nature of the game -- a topic that's made some headlines recently, with Bills GM Doug Whaley saying this week that humans shouldn't play football (he later backtracked).
Will Peyton Manning let his 5yo play football? "Football is an intense physical game. It's hard to change that." But, yes, he will #mtsa2016— Jessica Bliss (@JLBliss) May 27, 2016
Given the success Manning saw for close to 20 years in college and the NFL, his stance makes sense from his perspective.