We don't mean to contribute to the Peyton Manning retirement speculation fueled today by, of all people, Rob Lowe.
But it's out there, so here you go.
Lowe, the prototypical jerk in such 90's classics as 'Wayne's World' and 'Tommy Boy,' tweeted Wednesday that he's hearing Manning is done playing football.
Lowe's 'report' appeared to be inaccurate after several interested parties weighed in Wednesday. Manning's father, Archie, laughed when told of Lowe's tweet, telling ESPN's Chris Mortensen "He ain't retiring. I think he would've told me." Manning's agent, Tom Condon, says this is the first he's heard about it, per NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.
Still, both "Rob Lowe" and "Peyton Manning" and "#RobLoweIsReporting" were among the top 10 US Twitter trends Wednesday afternoon.
The actor, as it happens, is friends with Colts owner Jim Irsay. Lowe is also the first person Irsay followed on Twitter, before the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell.
Manning, 35, sat out the 2011 season after enduring multiple offseason neck surgeries. The Colts finished 2-14, earning the No. 1 pick, one they're likely to spend on Stanford QB Andrew Luck.
Never thought I’d use these words when reporting on a story, but …
I just hung up the phone with actor Rob Lowe, who, it should be mentioned, is a big-time Indianapolis Colts fan because he and his sons became huge fans of Peyton Manning years ago. Lowe has appeared twice on my podcasts to talk about his love of the Colts and how he hoped the team would keep Manning (he also thought vice chairman Bill Polian and coach Jim Caldwell should be fired, which they were.)
At any rate, I asked him if his source on Wednesday’s tweet about Manning’s retirement from the NFL was Jim Irsay (the Twitter-happy Colts owner whose first follow was Lowe) and he said: “Absolutely not. It wasn’t Jim or anyone close to Jim.” Lowe did say he heard Manning would retire imminently from “a pretty-darn good source.”
Lowe said he’s shocked by the attention and wasn’t searching for any. He’s just a fan who, as he always has, tweeted about his Colts and figured he’d “let the professionals see what’s true or not.”