NFL great Peyton Manning to host reboot of popular game show ‘College Bowl’

By Vincent Frank
Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The popular game show “College Bowl” has not been on air in over a half century after it was previously hosted by the legendary Allen Ludden. NFL great and future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is putting an end to that.

It was announced on Tuesday that the 44-year-old Manning will host a reboot of the show starting early next year.

Peyton Manning to host reboot of “College Bowl”

“I’ve always loved intense college competition, so I’m thrilled to be part of the team bringing back ‘College Bowl.’ Having personally seen the profound impact scholarships can make on deserving students, I can’t wait for the moment when we get to award life-changing scholarships to the winning team,” Peyton Manning said, via the Chicago Sun-Times.

The show originally aired from from 1959-1970 on CBS and NBC. It’s not yet known which station will air the reboot. But Peyton Manning will be on a broadcast network this coming television season.

According to the press rerelease, Peyton’s brothers, Eli and Cooper, will also be involved as executive producers.

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It’s not necessarily a surprise that Peyton Manning would be involved. Since retiring from the NFL back in 2015, the 14-time Pro Bowler has made a turn to the entertainment industry.

Peyton Manning’s post-retirement life

Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning
Oct 13, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Former American football player Peyton Manning before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Obviously, this comes with stations chasing after Manning to be a broadcaster for NFL games and certain teams looking at him as a potential front office head. The well-known Manning certainly has options.

It will be fun to watch the recently-minted 2020 Hall of Fame semifinalist do his thing in the game show network. Peyton Manning will be a natural.

As for any other endeavors within the entertainment industry, Manning has yet to take up any offers to be an analyst for NFL games. As Tony Romo has proven, that might be more financially fruitful than hosting a game show.