Drew Brees and Peyton Manning have a lot in common: both have set various NFL records, are destined for a first-ballot trip into the Hall of Fame, and lucratively set themselves up for life after football.
Whereas Brees latched on to Jimmy, however, Peyton linked up with the Papa.
The Associated Press reports that Manning is the new owner of 21 Papa John's pizza stores in the Denver area, signing a deal with the official pizza sponsor of the NFL.
''He's the kind of partner we're looking for, not only in marketing but in business,'' said Papa John's chief marketing officer, Andrew Varga.
Manning already has been connected to Papa John's -- we've all seen the (played-to-death) commercial featuring CEO John Schnatter -- and will star in a new ad during Sunday's game between the Broncos and Saints. In it, he will touch on the new venture, which obviously he's excited about.
''It's a smart investment now and will be long after I'm done playing football,'' Manning said.