You can take the man out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of Peyton Manning. Seriously, how did he survive so many years in Indianapolis and Denver?
Manning appears to be enjoying the retired life because he’s hitting the bar scene and doing some of the many things he’s so damn good at doing: singing poorly and being really, really, really white.
On Monday night, Manning got on stage for some karaoke at Winners Bar and Grill in Nashville.
From Sounds Like Nashville:
Typically, Whiskey Jam features a number of local singers and songwriters, but yesterday, a new face stepped up on stage… Denver Broncos’ Quarterback Peyton Manning!
The football superstar was in town for the HCA/TriStar Health Red Cross Lifesaver Breakfast, held earlier that day in the Music City Center. He joined Lee Brice and Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney onstage to sing “Rocky Top,” the Tennessee Volunteers’ unofficial fight song, as well as Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”
A number of Whiskey Jam attendees posted video of the out-of-the-ordinary guest appearance.
And here’s the sauce:
Oh, Peyton. Peyton, Peyton, Peyton. Thank God you went pro in football.
I can’t find any reports that say how many drinks Manning was in at this point but his performance is somewhat inspiring. Yes, you can win two Super Bowl rings and earn millions of dollars for throwing a football, but at the end of the day you’re just as bad at karaoke as the rest of us alcoholics. I can only assume he left the bar and bought a Papa Johns pizza right after.
Manning is a Tennessee Volunteers legend. Manning shattered records, racked up accolades and even led the Volunteers to an SEC Championship game, but it’s his continuation of that success in the pros that’s cemented his legendary status at the school.
Here’s a snippet of Manning’s “Folsom Prison Blues” rendition from the same night:
Post-NFL Manning is off to a hot start. It’s already giving me the Brett Favre retirement vibe — the one where you see him at a bar and you’re just kinda like “‘eyyyyyy!” as you hit him with those dual finger pistols.
Let’s hope Manning continues to travel down the ole’ dusty road..
[via Sounds Like Nashville]