Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning could be considering running for a seat in the Senate.
Speculation about Manning's plans began after Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee announced he would retire at the end of his current term, according to Business Insider.
Corker, who is approaching the end of his second term, told Politico that it is "possible" Manning will run for his seat, but not likely. He added that he spoke to Manning Sept. 27, one day after announcing his intention to retire.
"If he were to run nobody in their right mind would consider running against him," added Corker. But he cautioned: "I would not be putting in the headlines today that he's going to be running for the Senate."
Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais suggested that Manning, who played college football at the University of Tennessee, may decide to wait until 2020, when Tennessee's senior Republican senator, Lamar Alexander, could retire.
"[Peyton Manning] is a great guy and a popular guy," DesJarlais told Business Insider.
If Manning decides not to run in 2018, DesJarlais mentioned Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn as another potential candidate. He described Blackburn as "a strong conservative voice."
Corker regularly speaks with Manning and has dined with him on several occasions.
"Peyton Manning is the kind of guy that would be great in public office," added Corker, according to Politico, later adding: "I think it's possible. Is it likely? I don't think so. If he got a huge rush of public inquiries it would probably push him away."
In March 2017, Manning dismissed speculation he was considering a political career.
"I don't know where that came from," he stated, according to Fox Sports. "Last week I was going to run a team, this week I going to apparently run for Senate, and next week I'll be an astronaut. I have no interest in the political world, but would like to continue serving communities."
He did not confirm what his intentions for the future at the time were, but said he was enjoying spending time with his family. He explained how he enjoyed dropping his kids off at school and said he had joined a health club.
"The best advice I got was to not sign up for something full-time right away that you can't commit to," Manning added. "I'm taking my time and seeing what my options might be."
He also noted that he missed the camaraderie of the NFL, when teammates do almost everything together.
Sources: Business Insider, Politico, Fox Sports / Featured Image: Craig O'Neal/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: LTJG Quenton Roehricht/defenseimagery.mil via Wikimedia Commons, Jeffrey Beall/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons