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Peyton Manning Credits Weed For His Thriving Pizza Business

| by Jonathan Wolfe

You’re probably aware by now that Peyton Manning makes some money on the side as a Papa John’s Pizza franchise owner. Manning owns a number of franchises in the Denver area and says business is better than ever right now. Why? Weed.

“There’s some different laws out here in Colorado,” Manning told Peter King in a recent interview. “Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes. So when you come to a different place, you’ve kind of got to learn everything that comes with it.”

If Manning is smart, he’ll follow up his pizza ventures by buying a few Ben & Jerry’s franchises.

Other gems from Manning’s interview with King:

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Steve Young gave him some of the best advice of his career.

“I think about the advice that I got when I was a rookie and what really stuck with me,” Manning said. “There’s a couple of things. Steve Young—we played the 49ers that year out in San Francisco. He came up to me after the game and kind of put his arm around me and it’s funny because he said, ‘Peyton, just trust me. The game will eventually slow down for you. It will slow down.’ It’s funny, because it was kind of this weight off my shoulders. I had been thinking, It’s just not the same as college. It’s so different. Of course, I was like, Please hurry up and slow down. Please hurry up and slow down. But boy, he was right.”

Every year, he hopes a rookie quarterback will break his rookie interceptions record.

“So, I’m not gonna lie, as much as I’m pulling for them to be successful, I do not like holding that record. So, whoever wants to start their rookie quarterback 16 times and throw it a lot this year, I’m all for it.”

He watches game and practice film on his own at least three times before he ever watches it with a coach.

“Don’t ever go to a meeting to watch a practice or a game without having already watched it by yourself. That’s one thing that I have always done. When the coach is controlling the remote control, he’s gonna rewind when he wants to rewind. He’s gonna skip certain plays. He’s not watching every single detail. When you can control the rewind button, you can go in there and you watch—first, you better watch your mechanics. Watch what you’re doing. Is your drop good? How’s your throw? OK, now rewind it again. Now you better watch your receivers. OK, looks like Demaryius Thomas ran a good route here. Not sure what Julius Thomas was doing here. Then you better rewind it again and watch what the defense is doing.”

For more from Manning’s interview with King, head over to MMQB.