Iconic football star potentially eyeing a Senate run

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Peyton Manning’s name is being floated as a potential candidate for Bob Corker’s (R-Tenn.) Senate seat after Corker revealed Tuesday he will not be running for reelection.

The Washington Examiner cited a Republican source in saying that Manning was one of three names being examined for the seat, along with Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Gov. Bill Haslam, both Republicans.

Furthermore, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, (R-Tenn.) also referenced Manning when speaking about a potential replacement for Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in 2020, should the second Tennessee senator also decide not to run again.

“I don’t think so,” DesJarlais said when asked if Manning was a possibility to replace Corker. “I know that that rumor had been floated out. He’s a great guy and popular guy.”

“I think he may be looking more at [2020] if Sen. Alexander doesn’t run again,” he added.

Conservatives are already lining up to make a run at Corker’s seat, with activist Andy Ogles announcing a campaign, according to the Tennessean. That report also lists former state Rep. Joe Carr and state Sen. Mark Green as possible GOP contenders.

Before becoming a two-time Super Bowl champion in a decorated career as an NFL quarterback, Manning played college athletics at the University of Tennessee. The athlete was seen with Corker at the White House in June, wearing golf attire, prior to playing golf with Trump for the day.

Corker has spoken about being ready for retirement.

“When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for more than two terms,” said Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “Understandably, as we have gained influence, that decision has become more difficult. But I have always been drawn to the citizen legislator model, and while I realize it is not for everyone, I believe with the kind of service I provide, it is the right one for me.

“I also believe the most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months, and I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career.”

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