Following his recent release from the Indianapolis Colts, star QB Payton Manning has announced his intention to run for president on the republican ticket.  This means that Manning will enter the primary and take on frontrunner Mitt Romney, as well as Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

Manning’s lack of experience is expected to be made up by his solid name recognition.   It’s not clear what his stance is on the major issues of the day but, Manning is known to be  somewhat conservative on the football field, preferring short accurate passes to the deep balls.  “There is no question in my mind that Peyton can run this country,” said former coach Tony Dungy.  “It’s not much different than leading a football team down the field in the latter stages of the fourth quarter,” he added.   “He knows how to lead men into battle and win,” said former teammate Jeff Saturday.  “If I was going into battle, Payton is the guy I would want with me,” he added.  Manning is expected to kick off his campaign with stops in Miami, New York and Denver this weekend. 


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