ESPN announces documentary series with Peyton Manning highlighting NFL's historical moments

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If you’ve been pining for more Peyton Manning on your television, you’re in luck.

On Monday, ESPN announced a 30-episode documentary series with the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback called “Peyton’s Places” that will revisit key moments in NFL history as part of the league’s 100th anniversary.

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Debuts in July

The series debuts July 15 on ESPN+, the network’s streaming service, and will be presented in five chapters of six episodes each.

Parts 2-5 will debut each month after, through January 2020, and ABC and ESPN will air “compilations,” recapping each episode.

ESPN and Peyton Manning, left, announced an NFL documentary series, "Peyton's Places" on Monday that sees Manning visit some of the people and places that are part of the NFL's first 100 years. His brother, Eli, right, is of course featured in one episode. (AP)
ESPN and Peyton Manning, left, announced an NFL documentary series, "Peyton's Places" on Monday that sees Manning visit some of the people and places that are part of the NFL's first 100 years. His brother, Eli, right, is of course featured in one episode. (AP)

Manning is also an executive producer of the series. In a statement on the network’s announcement, “This is a journey through 100 years of history, visiting the people and places that have made the NFL what it is. From throwing a football off a skyscraper to re-enacting the Immaculate Reception and running Elvis Presley’s football plays, every episode on ESPN+ will surprise even the most die-hard fan.”

It’s believed that ESPN would love to have Manning in the booth for “Monday Night Football,” and extending its partnership with him – Manning, NFL Films and ESPN collaborated on the Xs and Os show “Detail” last year with Kobe Bryant’s production company – adds to the belief that will come to pass.

Billiards with Namath, Corn Flakes with Eli

ESPN’s release says Manning has traveled all over the United States for almost a year, “visiting people and places that have played an important part in the making of the NFL – highlighting memorable events, teams, players and trends over the past century.”

Highlights of the series include:

  • * Manning and Joe Namath re-watch the coaches’ film from Super Bowl III during a game of billiards;

  • * At the 49ers History Museum, Manning and Joe Montana break down “The Catch,” while Steve Young talks about the dearth of left-handed quarterbacks in the NFL today;

  • * Manning and his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli, visit the kitchen where the Lombardi Trophy was created using a Corn Flakes box;

  • * Rich Karlis, the last kicker to kick barefoot full-time, shows Manning how it’s done;

  • * Manning and the 1972 Dolphins pop champagne to commemorate the only undefeated season of the Super Bowl era.

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