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Manning: Pot helping pizza business; Daniels 'could have been' president

September 21, 2014

Legalized marijuana has translated into booming business for Peyton Manning's Papa John's stores in the Denver area. He bought the franchises shortly before Colorado passed its legalization amendment in 2012.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Peter King, the former Colts quarterback credited "some recent law changes" for strong sales at his 21 stores. He also talked about his relationship with former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

"You try to know who you’re voting for. I was good friends with the Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, who’s now the president of Purdue. Probably could have been President of the United States," the Broncos quarterback told SI's Monday Morning Quarterback. "You try to get to know them. I’ve gotten to know some of the folks here in Colorado. There’s some different laws out here in Colorado. Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes."

Last year, TMZ Sports reported that sales at Manning's Papa John's locations rose from an average of $3,000 to $4,000 per day to $5,000 to $6,000 per day, or about 60 pizzas per hour, after he bought them.

The Papa John's stores weren't the first restaurant investment for Manning. He also owns a stake in the St. Elmo Steak House spinoff Harry & Izzy's in downtown Indianapolis.

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