It's like Peyton Manning is the big man on campus while each of these networks represents spurned-off lovers left with a broken heart only to bide time, regroup and go after that big man again.
Oops. Manning did it again.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the walking Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback made FOX Sports the latest spurned lover as he officially said no to their offer of NFL color analyst on Thursday Night Football.
Manning has previously rejected ESPN relating to the color analyst job for Monday Night Football.
The world knows Manning as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. It also knows the elder NFL Manning as one of the greats as it pertains to personality and entertainment. From one raging success of a commercial to another, the man has seemingly done it all (even kissing Papa John while the clock wound down on his second Vince Lombardi Trophy and final career game).
Manning, 42, the first selection of the 1998 NFL Draft by way of the Indianapolis Colts, could be argued as the most prolific passer in the history of the sport. He is, arguably, the greatest regular season, week-to-week player in NFL history. If 71,940 passing yards and 539 touchdowns on a 65.3 completion percentage doesn't convince you, not much will. Oh yeah, throw in a tidy 186-79 record to boot.
At this stage of his life, he's navigating in between careers. Common thought still has Manning eventually heading into the NFL business. His personality and insight are just too much to ignore. He can literally be the next John Madden.
But for now, he's passing and will continue to let the networks fight over him and feel the spurn.