It looks like the NFL lockout has forced the Manning brothers to seek other employment.
In an advertising campaign for DirecTV, Peyton and Eli Manning have teamed up to fight crime with nothing but their rocket arms and a couple of black footballs.
DirectTV has launched the season one trailer for “Football Cops” on YouTube and also put up the official site for the show. “Nobody escapes the long arms of the law,” reads the tagline.
Here’s the official show description from DirecTV –
Peyton and Eli Manning star in this action-packed drama about two former pro football players who bring their unique brand of law enforcement to one of the country’s toughest neighborhoods. Mike Tahoe (Peyton Manning) was living the dream as a big league quarterback, until a personal tragedy brought him back to the mean streets of his childhood. Vowing to bring those who wronged him to swift justice, he enlists the help of his best friend, and biggest rival, C.J. Hunter (Eli Manning). Both grew up together as orphans in a home for wayward boys. Both overcame the odds to become huge sports stars. Now both are the only hope for the rugged streets they once again call home.
Sounds better than half the cop dramas currently on TV.
The trailer itself does not disappoint, as the brother quarterbacks impale the bad guys with footballs, all while gloriously mustached.
Of course we can’t expect the Manning brothers to actually star in a football themed cop drama, but I would totally watch this if it were real. Maybe DirecTV has plans to turn it into a very short web series? The site shows 3 separate episodes upcoming for season 1.
However, If they did in fact turn this into a true feature-length show they would have to work on the realism. Eli doesn’t throw one interception in the whole clip. Pfffft.