Peyton Manning admits buying CO Papa John's franchises on eve of legalization no coincidence

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October 25, 2016
Denver, CO

Peyton Manning invested in 21 Papa John's pizza franchises in Colorado in the fall of 2012 — just as that state was about to make recreational marijuana use legal.

Coincidence? We thought not. And now we know not.

The Denver Broncos' quarterback was asked by's Peter King why his side business is booming. 

Manning didn't go right to pot with the "unplugged" interview, but just like he is on the field, he was plugged into a significant reason for his success.

“There’s some different laws out here in Colorado,” Manning said. “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."

As usual with the dry comedian Manning, that was more wink wink than hint hint. Manning didn't just throw his big money into pizza to see it go up in smoke, but rather to be helped more by those who do. Yes, we get the hint, Peyton: Partaking in marijuana allegedly makes you hungrier, and all of sudden, you've ordered a couple of large pepperonis.

We're just surprised Manning hasn't tapped into the market in the state of Washington, where marijuana is also legal and the Broncos play this week: Seattle.

Speaking of last year's Super Bowl, before Manning's Broncos went into a haze and lost to the Seahawks 43-8, Sporting News talked to Papa John himself — John Schnatter — on what makes Peyton a great franchise owner. 

"He's always prepared, he's all business, especailly in the season," Schnatter said.

It's no surprise then, Manning is a good enough businessman who knows "the munchies" just lead to more pizza business.

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