Peyton Manning’s Subtle Endorsements Aren’t Subtle At All [Video]
After winning last night's Super Bowl, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning immediately hugged (read: probably kissed) Papa John and told reporters that he was going to "drink a lot of Budweiser tonight," but don't mistake those actions for endorsements. Nope, no way, no sir, definitely not one of those "endorsement" things.
NFL players aren't allowed to endorse alcohol companies, and an Anheuser-Busch rep claims they didn't pay Mr. Manning to mention them. But Peyton Manning does own several Anheuser-Busch distributors. He could've said that he'd drink a lot of beer after the game, which is why his specific mention of Budweiser seems like a staged, unsubtle endorsement. Yet, if Budweiser didn't actually pay him for the mention, it's technically a gray area/loophole in the NFL's rules.
Papa John's presence at the game was certainly legal. Just because you happen to be the face plastered on all of their advertisements, doesn't mean you can't get a post-game hug/kiss from your BFF Peyton. I will never associate pizza with professional level athleticism, but that's just me.
Either way, we see you standing there in blaze orange, Papa John. We hear your careful enunciation of "Budweiser," Peyton Manning. And we really don't care, because we're probably going to consume both of those things this week anyway.