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Peyton Manning credits Colorado legalizing pot for booming Papa John’s business


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning recently took part in an interview with Peter King. Aside from the issues related to his Hall of Fame career — when he plans on retiring, etc. — the topics discussed were kind of random and far-reaching: Does he vote, does he pay attention to current events, his best round of golf, things of that nature.

But when the topic turned to his business investments, Manning of course discussed his Papa John’s franchises in Colorado.

Not only does Manning endorse the mega-pizza franchise, as evidenced by his turns playing comic foil to “Papa John” Schnatter in those often silly commercials constantly aired during NFL games, he’s also a client. Or better put, investor.

At last count, Manning reportedly owns 25 Papa John’s franchises in Colorado. And wouldn’t you know it? Business is booming. Wonder why.

The veteran Denver Broncos field general has a theory.

When discussing whether he votes, Manning acknowledges that it is important to have a knowledge of the local laws when operating a business.

“There’s some different laws out here in Colorado,” Manning said. “Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes. So when you come to a different place, you’ve kind of got to learn everything that comes with it.”

What law changes is he talking about? Recent lifting of the pizza delivery tax? The dropping of the much ballyhooed imported pepperoni tariff?

Oh, the legalization of marijuana for recreational use? Gotcha. That makes sense. Because, you know, munchies.

Better ingredients. Better pizza. Better buds. Papa John’s. Ya dig?