Parks and Recreation has been called the best comedy on network television. It might just add a new acclaim to its collection if a crazy report from one of its stars turns out to be true: the only comedy on network television to break major NFL news. Actor Rob Lowe, who plays Chris Traeger on the show, says that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is going to retire.
Lowe posted on his Twitter feed that he’s heard from his “people” that Manning is set to announce his retirement immediately. Specifically, Lowe posted the following:
Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to #NFL. Wow.#Colts
It’s worth noting that Lowe does have some ties to the NFL, so this news isn’t coming completely out of deep left field (rather, it’s coming out of shallow left field, or at least somewhere in left short of the warning track). Lowe has appeared on the Rich Eisen Podcast, hosted by the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen. Lowe is also reportedly close friends with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. The two can be seen posing together in this photograph:
Currently, legitimate NFL reporters are scrambling to figure out whether there is any truth to the story and whether they were actually scooped by a guy who starred in Austin Powers. There have been rumblings about Manning’s surgically repaired neck healing too slowly for him to ever make a return to the field, but we certainly haven’t heard anything concrete.
We’ll keep you updated on how this story progresses. For the moment, we’re waiting to hear back from Ashton Kutcher on whether Aaron Rodgers will demand a trade this off-season.