Anyone making or delivering pizzas in Denver may soon be working for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Papa John’s recently signed Manning as its newest franchisee, who in partnership with Papa John’s, will own 21 restaurants in the Denver area.
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. is the world’s third largest pizza company.
Papa John’s has locations in 32 countries on five continents and in September opened its 4,000th restaurant.
Papa John’s also recently released its 2013 franchise development incentive program, which includes zero franchise fee, 0% royalty for 18 months, and $50,000 in restaurant equipment for new restaurants opened through 2013.
Manning’s involvement with Papa John’s dates to 2011, when he was featured in Papa John’s efforts to market its novel Super Bowl XLVI Coin Toss Experience.
Manning and John H. Schnatter, better known as “Papa John”, founder, chairman, and current CEO of Papa John’s International, Inc., kicked off the 2012 NFL regular season by offering consumers the chance to win another free large one-topping pizza.
As part of their current marketing scheme, Pappa John’s national television ads feature Manning convincing Schnatter to give away 2 million large one-topping pizzas to Papa Rewards members throughout the regular season — an amount double the number of pizzas Papa John’s gave away last season.
Current Papa Rewards members and those who enroll at Pappa John’s website have the chance to be randomly selected to receive one of the 120,000 free large one-topping pizzas each week of the NFL regular season.
“I’ve been a fan of Papa John’s pizza for a long time, and now knowing John Schnatter, his team and the business intimately over the past year, I am thrilled to formally join Papa John’s as a franchisee in partnership with the brand,” Manning said.
“It’s a smart investment now and will be long after I’m done playing football. I’m particularly impressed by John’s drive to make everything about Papa John’s better along with his ambition and plan to continue growing the brand around the world. Also, Papa John’s being the Official Pizza of the Denver Broncos makes this even more exciting.”
Papa John’s is in the third year of a multi-year sponsorship with the NFL.
The pizza corporation is also the Official Pizza of the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins.