Peyton Manning tops poll of most favorable sports media personalities

Peyton Manning is beloved both on and off the football field.

The former quarterback was deemed the most popular sports personality in a new poll conducted by Morning Consult, as he received a 79 percent favorable rating from the 565 self-described “avid sports fans” who were surveyed compared to an 11 percent unfavorable rating. Tony Romo also landed in the top 10 with a 69 percent favorable rating along with a 17 percent unfavorable rating.

Manning has been pursued by ESPN and other networks for an NFL analyst role since retiring from his playing career in 2015, but he’s yet to accept a job. He did, however, team up with ESPN+ on an NFL version of Kobe Bryant’s analysis series “Detail” and a documentary series called “Peyton’s Places.”