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Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods will be reuniting at the 2018 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on May 30, according to Sports Illustrated.

Woods committed to the event on Wednesday, and news that Manning would join him for the Pro-Am followed shortly thereafter.

The two first played together at the Quail Hollow Championship in 2009. Former Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez served as Manning’s caddy at the event.

Woods went on to finish fourth in that week’s official tournament.

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ESPN and FOX Sports were both reportedly willing to open up their wallets as wide as possible for Peyton Manning, but the former five-time MVP quarterback opted against a move to the broadcast booth, at least for the 2018 season.

Asked about the reported $10-million-per-year offers, Manning said he just wasn’t ready to make the jump to the media side of the league.

“I don’t want to be a critic at this point,” said Manning, who then joked, “I still do too many commercials,” according to Jonathan Mase of Restaurant Business Magazine.

Manning is believed to be interested in a John Elway-like role with an NFL franchise, though he hasn’t appeared in any rush to make his next football-related career move following his retirement at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Peyton Manning has rejected FOX’s offer to be the lead analyst for Thursday Night Football, sources told The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.

The two-time Super Bowl winner also reportedly turned down a similar role with ESPN and its Monday Night Football coverage. Both companies were reportedly willing to offer Manning around $10 million per year.

It remains unclear what Manning’s next football-related career step will be after opting against broadcasting – at least for now.

It’s long been speculated that the retired quarterback wants to ultimately land a John Elway-like executive role with a team.

Peyton Manning sold his stake in 31 Denver-area Papa John’s locations two days before the NFL ended its partnership with the pizza chain sponsor, according to Tamara Chuang of the Denver Post.

Chuang says Manning could not be reached for comment, but Peter Collins, a Papa John’s spokesman, confirmed Manning’s sale in an email.

An existing Papa John’s franchisee acquired all 31 of Manning’s stores, according to Collins. Manning will remain as Papa John’s celebrity spokesperson and brand ambassador.

A statement released by both the NFL and Papa John’s last week said it was a “mutual decision to shift from their league sponsorship to a focus on partnerships with 22 local NFL teams.”

John Schnatter, former Papa John’s CEO, said during the 2017 season that player protests were to blame for declining sales.

Peyton Manning could be at the center of a bidding war between ESPN and FOX this offseason, as the two networks are reportedly looking to hire a marquee name as a game analyst for their respective prime-time football properties.

Both networks have Manning at the top of their lists, sources told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

ESPN needs a replacement for Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football after he left the booth to become head coach of the Oakland Raiders, and FOX recently picked up the rights to Thursday Night Football in a multibillion-dollar deal.

Manning has reportedly been approached multiple times by different networks in regard to a TV analyst role, but he’s been reluctant thus far.

One source told Marchand that ESPN is willing to “back up the truck” for Manning’s services. Gruden was reportedly ESPN’s highest-paid personality at more than $6.5 million per year.

It’s unclear whether the network would retain Sean McDonough as the play-by-play announcer partnered with Manning.

ESPN reportedly views Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, and Kurt Warner as fallback options. Hasselbeck and McDonough recently called the Pro Bowl as a broadcast team.

Tony Romo’s time in the CBS booth has been a massive success this season, and it appears ESPN is interested in bringing in a high-profile name of its own to replace Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football.

As the network looks to fill the void left by Gruden when he took the Oakland Raiders head coaching job, one name on the list is Peyton Manning.

“We like Peyton Manning,” ESPN executive Stephanie Druley told Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated. “We would be foolish not to talk to him.”

Druley also said Manning is aware of ESPN’s interest in his services but he has yet to show any interest in taking a broadcast job with the network.

Manning has been a hot commodity for broadcast networks since retiring following the 2015 season, but the career passing yards leader has yet to make the jump to the booth.

Another name being mentioned for the position is current ESPN studio analyst Matt Hasselbeck. The former Seattle Seahawks quarterback has been with the network for a couple of years and will work the Pro Bowl as the color commentator this Sunday.

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Robert Mathis boasts an enviable resume. The pass-rusher spent his entire 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, was named to six Pro Bowls, led the league in sacks in 2013, and won a Super Bowl in 2006.

But it’s that last accomplishment that still eats at Mathis, who believes the Peyton Manning-era Colts should have more than one ring to their name.

“Looking back on that team, I feel a mix of pride, and, I’ll admit, the slightest bit of disappointment,” Mathis wrote in the Players’ Tribune on Friday. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished during our era of Colts football, but I think every person, down to the last man, would tell you that he expected to win more than one ring in Indy. If there’s any regret I have from my career, it’s that.

The Colts made another Super Bowl in 2009, losing to the New Orleans Saints in heartbreaking fashion.

Mathis’ career extended into the Andrew Luck era, and while the Colts appeared on track to contend for another Super Bowl before the sack master’s time in the NFL was over, Indy quickly fell apart, missing the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 before Mathis hung up his cleats this offseason.

While Mathis is disappointed to have only one ring on his hand, he still has the Colts’ win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI to reminisce about in his retirement.

“Not to sound arrogant, but after we beat the Patriots in that game, the Super Bowl almost seemed like a formality.” Mathis wrote. “The Bears were a great team, but that was our game. They said we couldn’t play in the elements, and all we did was hold the Bears offense to a single touchdown in a huge rainstorm to win that game.

“After far too long, we finally got Peyton his ring.”