Sport: Peyton Manning announced as host of 2017 ESPYs

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ESPN announced on Tuesday that Peyton Manning will serve as host of the 2017 ESPYs.

“It’s an honor to be asked to host the ESPYS, and it’s even more meaningful that it’s the 25th year for this incredible event,” Manning said in a statement, via ESPN. “The ESPYS have been a part of my life during my entire career. I can still remember attending my very first show back in 1998 before my rookie season in the NFL.”

The retired NFL legend joins the ranks of Norm Macdonald, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Justin Timberlake and Seth Meyers, among many others, who have served as host to the annual award show celebrating sports. Interestingly, though, few athletes have handled hosting duties over the years.

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Pro wrestler John Cena hosted the ESPYs last year, with Lance Armstrong hosting the 14th iteration in 2006 and LeBron James co-hosting the show with Jimmy Kimmel in 2007.

Other than those three instances, ESPN traditionally opted for comedians or actors, although few probably recall that Tony Danza hosted the fourth-annual ESPYs in 1996.

Still, Manning obviously has the chops and charisma to handle hosting duties. His tremendous work in countless commercials and heralded appearances on “Saturday Night Live” alone demonstrate his ability to entertain in such a capacity.

The 25th annual ESPYs will be held July 12 in Los Angeles and air live on ABC.

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