Magic Johnson wants Peyton Manning to play for the Rams

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Magic Johnson recruits Peyton Manning to play for newly relocated Rams
Thursday February 11th, 2016

Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson is hoping that if Peyton Manning decides to play another season, he will do so as the quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams, he said on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. 

“I tried to talk somebody out of retirement and come to the Rams,” Johnson said. “I said, ‘Man, if you play again, come to the Rams.’ I was working on him backstage. I will even chip in some money.”

Manning, 39, who was a guest on the show along with Johnson, simply laughed off the statement and said that he was embarrassed.

Johnson is heavily invested in Los Angeles sports, joining the investment group that purchased the Dodgers in 2012. He had also been open about his support for the Rams moving to Los Angeles and was among the first group to put down a deposit for season tickets. 

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Manning is coming off a 24–10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Despite winning his second Super Bowl, the season was statistically the worst of Manning’s career. He finished with 2,249 yards passing, nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions in nine starts. 


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