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Peyton Manning" src="http://o.static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2012/10/26/102512-NFL-laces-out-Manning-AM-G1_20121026134703513_600_400.JPG" alt="" width="600" height="400" /> October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA;
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) following a 35-24 win against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE[/caption] Peyton Manning and Papa Johns pizza have just upped the ante on their relationship.
The NFL announced Friday that Manning became the newest franchisee for Papa John's pizza, signing a deal to own 21 stores in the Denver area Friday. It just so happens that the announcement came on the same day that Papa John's announced it had signed a multi-year contract to continue as the official pizza of the NFL and the Super Bowl. No financial terms have been disclosed.
Comments on both sides of the ball were positive. "He's the kind of partner we're looking for, not only in marketing but in business," said Papa John's chief marketing officer, Andrew Varga. Peyton Manning added, "it's a smart investment now and will be long after I'm done playing football." "The pizza category is fun. Our founder has fun when he gets into the commercials," Varga said. "You throw Peyton into that mix with the NFL platform and it makes it easy to execute lighthearted commercials that are very much in character for both."
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