Fox News- While speaking to CBS Sports correspondent Tracy Wolfson after Sunday’s victory over the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning mentioned that he intended to “drink a lot of Budweiser tonight” after his game responsibilities were done. It’s an utterance potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in free publicity, given the fact that a 30-second spot in this year’s broadcast was worth anywhere from $4.5 million to more than $5 million.
And the endorsement raised a potential issue. Active NFL players are not supposed to recommend alcohol companies on air.
Manning “was not paid to mention Budweiser. We were surprised and delighted that he did,” said Lisa Weser, a spokeswoman for Anheuser, responding to a query via e-mail.
Manning is believed to have ownership stakes in some Louisiana beer distributorships that deal with Anheuser-Busch, so the player may have had his own reasons for plugging the brew – or perhaps he was just giving an honest detail about his plans for later this evening.
A lot of people might think that Lisa Weser is stretching the truth here. That a player like Peyton Manning would need to be paid an exorbitant price to broadcast his love of bland, domestic beer to millions upon millions of people. I kind of see where they are coming from. Peyton Manning likely just played the last game of his career. I highly doubt that in the midst of his final on-field celebration he was thinking about his ownership stakes in breweries that happen to work with Budweiser. That would mean that he had to get reimbursed for plugging Budweiser twice during an on-air interview, right?
If there is anything that I have learned about Peyton Manning over the last few weeks it's that his stellar reputation is impenetrable. The Sheriff can't be bought, just like the Sheriff's career can't be tainted. That means one thing, and one thing only. Peyton Manning didn't receive money in exchange for some well timed product placement. His wife did. It's clear as day. Same way she risked her husband's flawless character by having HGH delivered to the house, she's now putting his intentions in question by receiving payment in exchange for his honest appreciation of Anheuser-Busch products. Talk about a good girl gone bad situation. Who knew that Peyton liked his women a little rough around the edges? Ashley Manning just using her husband's celebrity to get her hands on some workout supplements, and using his modest love of reasonably priced beer to expense her shopping sprees. Funny what fame can do to an church going college gal. Couple decades later and she's a sinful southern belle preying on the innocence of her morally upstanding life partner. Poor Peyton. Can't even crack a couple cold one's after a hard day's work without being taken advantage of by the old ball and chain. Put in a bad situation by someone that has expressed her undying love for him. Sigh, women.