Governor Bill Haslam says he’s doing his part to help lure Peyton Manning to Tennessee. The legendary NFL quarterback played college ball here, and is said to be meeting with top Titans officials as he looks for a new home.
Haslam was asked at an event last night if he had any details on recruiting Manning, drawing chuckles, and then this:
HASLAM: “I texted him to say ‘free temporary housing in the governor’s residence if you come to Nashville.’” (laughter)
INGRAM: “Did you really do that? Because he is a friend, right?”
HASLAM: “He– It’d be terrific if he came here. Peyton is the real deal, he really is. He’d be great on the field, but he’s a great guy.”
Haslam was speaking with his longtime adviser Tom Ingram at Lipscomb University. Ingram also asked the first-term governor whether he’d like to be a running mate for Mitt Romney, whom Haslam has endorsed. Haslam answered he could think of “about a hundred names” of people more qualified than himself.
Asked to relate something no one’s heard or read about himself, Haslam offers a story about rear-ending a state trooper during a snowstorm: