Peyton Manning Takes Hollywood

NFL Player guest role on Modern Family

The well-known retired NFL player Peyton Manning has landed a guest role on the popular television show “Modern Family.” After winning two Super Bowls, he said he is ready to take on acting.

Though this is Manning’s first official acting role, he has appeared on “The Simpsons,” “The Girls Next Door,” “American Idol,” Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show “Best Time Ever” and hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2007.

Since winning Super Bowl 50, Manning has continued to make an appearance on TV in  “The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe” which appeared in September, and now, “Modern Family.”

Manning will play the role of Coach Gary, a sports tutor who is hired by Gloria (Sofia Vergara), to teach baby Joe (Jeremy Maguire) how to throw and catch a ball and things get out of hand when the new sports tutor also starts helping out around the house.

Manning was first offered the part when he was in Mexico serving as a “roast master” for the “Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe.” Co-creator of “Modern Family,” Steve Levitan, had previously met Manning and knew he would be perfect for the role. Manning said he was a big fan of the show and delightedly accepted the part.

Manning will guest star in the 12th episode of season eight. Look out for Manning’s debut on Modern Family airing this January.

Manning played in the NFL for 18 seasons. Who knows — he could be Hollywood’s next big actor, too.