Tennessee Vols football legend Peyton Manning was selected as the host of a reboot of the game show “College Bowl.”
“I’ve always loved intense college competition, so I’m thrilled to be part of the team bringing back College Bowl,” said Manning, who has endowed 45 scholarships via his PeyBack Foundation. “Having personally seen the profound impact scholarships can make on deserving students, I can’t wait for the moment when we get to award life-changing scholarships to the winning team.”
“College Bowl” is not a football game.
What it is, is a show that featured two four-member teams representing various colleges competing in a series of question rounds. The series originally aired on radio stations in 1953 before moving to CBS between 1959-63 and NBC between 1963-70.
NBC has authorized a 10-episode order for a revival of the quiz show. A premiere date has not yet been determined.
“College Bowl” will be executive produced by Manning, his brothers Cooper and Eli, Richard Reid via Richard Reid Productions, and Mark Itkin via his Tough Lamb Media.
Manning passed for 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns during his Tennessee career from 1994-97. He helped lead the Vols to an SEC title in 1997.
Manning was the Heisman runner-up in his senior season, when he threw for 3,819 yards and 36 touchdowns. He was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien, Johnny Unitas and Sullivan awards.
The Colts picked him No. 1 in the 1998 NFL Draft.
From 1998-2015, he passed for 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns, and won Super Bowls with the Colts and the Denver Broncos. He was named NFL MVP five times (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013).