Peyton Manning has often been mentioned for various coaching jobs in college football, and the NFL. But thanks to some sixth graders on his son’s team, the Tennessee and NFL legend won’t be pursuing a coaching career.

Manning recalled how that unfolded during a podcast with Colin Cowherd.

“I’m the offensive coordinator on my son Marshall’s sixth-grade football team. We got beat in overtime on Saturday and a couple of my players asked me why I ran the ball so much in the red zone,” Manning said on the Colin Cowherd Podcast this week. “So, I think coaching in my future is also out because hearing that from a couple of sixth graders is tough. Hearing that from a 32-year-old wide receiver or quarterback, ‘Hey I haven’t gotten the ball. What are you doing?’ I think that’s out.”

Manning has long been rumored or mentioned to be a quarterbacks coach at Tennessee, or an offensive coordinator in the NFL, for example. But it appears all those possibilities are gone after this issue with the sixth graders.

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