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Peyton Manning-owned Papa John’s franchise was robbed while Broncos were beating Chiefs

Eric Edholm
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While Peyton Manning was doing this, one of his pizza joints was being robbed (USA Today Sports Images)

Clever thieves.

TMZ is reporting that one of the 21 Papa John's franchises owned by Peyton Manning in the Denver area was robbed Sunday night while Manning and the Denver Broncos were in the process of beating the Kansas City Chiefs.

Per the report, two armed and masked men entered the Papa John's location near the University of Denver around 7:30 p.m. local time and demanded that employees unload the cash register. They apparently got away before police could respond.

Our take: The thieves had to know that a lot of people would be watching the big game and, thus, the tills would be full of delivery cash. Plus, with Manning on the field at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, there was no chance he'd be at the store. (We're kidding about that last point. Kinda.)

According to descriptions of the men gathered at the scene, two suspects were men in their 20s, but then again, how could witnesses tell if the men wore masks? Either way, police have confirmed the robbery to CBS Sports and are investigating.

Better ingredients. Better pizza ... sure. But faulty security? Sadly. We're just glad no one was reported to be hurt.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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