Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning buying Papa John's pizza franchises in Denver

Manning to open 21 stores in Denver

DENVER - Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning isn't just doing commercials for Papa John's, he's buying into the business.

The pizza chain said that Manning, in partnership with Papa John's, will own 21 restaurants in the Denver area.

Manning and Papa John's Founder, Chairman and CEO John Schnatter shot a commercial recently that will reveal the news that Manning is Papa John's latest franchisee.

The spot will air Sunday during the Denver Broncos Sunday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints.

"I don't know of a person or business partner who has a higher standard on quality or competes more fiercely than Peyton Manning -- on and off the field," said Schnatter. "Having Peyton as a franchisee is a huge win for our brand, especially for our customers in Denver, where our business has never been better."

"I've been a fan of Papa John's pizza for a long time, and now knowing John Schnatter, his team and the business intimately over the past year, I am thrilled to formally join Papa John's as a franchisee in partnership with the brand," Manning said. "It's a smart investment now and will be long after I'm done playing football."

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