Peyton Manning is now the most important person on the slowest sports day of the year. The retired quarterback will host the 25th annual ESPYs on July 12. This year’s ESPYs will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
It’s a dramatic move back onto your television after retiring from the NFL and essentially going into hiding. Just kidding, that guy never truly left your television
“It’s an honor to be asked to host The ESPYS, and it’s even more meaningful that it’s the 25th year for this incredible event,” said Manning in an ESPN release. “The ESPYS have been a part of my life during my entire career—I can still remember attending my very first show back in 1998 before my rookie season in the NFL. Over the years, The ESPYS have celebrated some of my favorite athletes and sports moments. In addition to recognizing a special year in sports, the 25th ESPYS will allow us to go down memory lane and pay tribute to those who have played such a huge part in this program’s success.”
Manning has won nine ESPYs in his career and has been nominated for 19 of them, including last year’s Icon award. He retired from football in 2015, and a move to television seemed inevitable. It officially starts the day after the MLB All-Star Game, also known as the deadest sports day of the calendar year.