Peyton Manning is now officially a Papa. After making his first appearance in a Papa John's ad for Superbowl XLV in 2011, he inked a deal today to become the owner of 21 Papa John's franchise stores in Denver. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
Since the start of the 2012-13 NFL season, Broncos fans have been bombarded with a single (note: cheesy) Papa John's commercial in which Manning argues with company CEO John Schnatter over the exact number of free pizzas that will be given away to reward members who register on the company's website.
Now, in conjunction with his deal to own over twenty Papa John's restaurants in the metro area, Manning will appear in yet another (note: cheesy) Papa John's commercial that will debut on Sunday, when the Broncos face the New Orleans Saints.
Apparently there is a downside to landing a superstar quarterback in the offseason: cheesy commercials.