Peyton Manning sells his Papa John's stores

Caption + Peyton Manning right and Papa John's founder John Schnatter in a commercial for the pizza restaurants

Two days before Papa John's and the National Football League mutually made a decision to end their partnership, Peyton Manning ended his role as a franchise owner with the former official pizza sponsor of the National Football League, by selling his 31 Denver area franchises.

But Peter Collins, Papa John's spokesman, confirmed in an email that the former Bronco had sold his stake, which was part of a joint venture with Papa John's worldwide after "six successful and rewarding years", Collins said.

Manning's stake was part of a six-year joint venture with Papa John's global, said Peter Collins, a spokesman for Papa John's.

Papa John's is also no longer involved with the NFL, as the league has switched to Pizza Hut as its official pizza sponsor.


But don't expect Manning, the former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos star, to disappear from the chain's TV commercials. Manning, who retired as the Broncos quarterback after winning Super Bowl 50 in 2016, remains the company's celebrity spokesperson and ambassador, locked into a long-term agreement.

The news comes amid a tumultuous year for the Kentucky-based pizza chain.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News.

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