We don’t mean to contribute to the Peyton Manning retirement speculation fueled today by, of all people, Rob Lowe.
Lowe, the prototypical jerk in such 90′s classics as ‘Wayne’s World’ and ‘Tommy Boy,’ tweeted Wednesday that he’s hearing Manning is done playing football.
Lowe’s ‘report’ appeared to be inaccurate after several interested parties weighed in Wednesday. Manning’s father, Archie, laughed when told of Lowe’s tweet, telling ESPN’s Chris Mortensen “He ain’t retiring. I think he would’ve told me.” Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, says this is the first he’s heard about it, per NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora.
Still, both “Rob Lowe” and “Peyton Manning” and “#RobLoweIsReporting” were among the top 10 US Twitter trends Wednesday afternoon.
The actor, as it happens, is friends with Colts owner Jim Irsay. Lowe is also the first person Irsay followed on Twitter, before the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell.
Manning, 35, sat out the 2011 season after enduring multiple offseason neck surgeries. The Colts finished 2-14, earning the No. 1 pick, one they’re likely to spend on Stanford QB Andrew Luck.