Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning will be in Tennessee in the fall, but not for his alma mater. (Sorry Tennessee Volunteers fans.)
The Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos icon will be in Nashville on November 9 to co-host the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards (8:00 p.m. ET, ABC) with country music star Luke Bryan.
The awards ceremony will be held at the home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, about 180 miles from where Manning famously played college football in Knoxville.
It’s his first time hosting the CMA Awards, but Manning is known as an emcee. In 2017, he became the fourth athlete to host the ESPYS.
Bryan also hosted the event dubbed “Country Music’s Biggest Night” last year.
“When I was asked if Peyton Manning was someone I would consider co-hosting with, I had no doubts,” Bryan said in a statement. “We’ve become good friends over the years and what he brings to the table will make it even more fun. I know he’s been to the CMA Awards before, but he’s never been to me. Hey Peyton, I hope that you’re ready for the night of your life!”
Manning shared his co-host’s enthusiasm and jokingly posted his “audition tape” on Instagram.