Remember Shaq’s 1992 album “Shaq Diesel” or Oscar De La Hoya’s Latin pop album? Athletes becoming musicians are nothing new, although it’s always a weird and uncomfortable occurrence. What we’ve never had before (as far as we know) is an athlete turned country musician, and maybe Peyton Manning could add that title to his status of legendary quarterback.
At a fundraiser for his namesake children’s hospital, Peyton Manning made his music debut by singing Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” with country singer Luke Bryan. And honestly he doesn’t completely butcher it. If you’ve ever seen an interview with Manning, he has the most amazing sing-song, ol’ boy speaking voice, which seems to translate to a deep country twang when he puts a tiny hint of a tune behind it.
So, we’re advocating for Manning to be the next big country star. Why? Because it would be hilarious. Also, Manning is almost 40, and he couldn’t possibly have too much more time in the NFL (maybe he does, please excuse our lack of football knowledge). How about winding down from a life in football, which includes 5,082 pass completions, by sitting on a ranch somewhere and strumming an acoustic guitar as the cattle come home? Football and country music are two of ‘Murica’s most cherished institutions, and should Manning combine them he might be the most powerful man, well, ever.
Watch Peyton Manning sing Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” below.