Step aside Charles Barkley, Tony Romo and Al Michaels, there’s a new sheriff in town.
Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning was named as the “most-beloved” sports media personality in a new study from the Morning Consult. The group found that 79% of 565 self-described “avid sports fans” have a favorable approval rating of Manning, who carried the nickname “The Sheriff” throughout his playing career.
Only 11% of respondents “disliked” Manning — giving him a net rating of 68 percentage points. The other 21% said they had either no opinion or hadn’t heard of the quarterback.
Manning, of course, has put himself in the sports media landscape since retiring from the NFL in 2016. While he has turned down offers to be the lead analyst in ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” he has partnered with the sports network to host two shows: “Detail” and “Peyton Places,” the latter of which debuts July 29 on ESPN+.
After Manning, Barkley led with a 77% favorability rating (65% net), while play-by-play announcer Al Michaels came in third with 66% approval (59% net).
Morning Consult used a list of personalities from The Big Lead’s article of the 75 most powerful people in sports media.
Rounding on the bottom of the list were Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless, ESPN’s Mike Breen and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
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