Tisch likes Peyton Manning as a Jet

Updated: January 13, 2012, 5:39 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If it is a safe bet that most members of the New York Giants organization, including Eli Manning, would prefer that Peyton Manning not suit up with their fellow MetLife Stadium tenants next fall, don't count Giants co-owner Steve Tisch among them.

On a visit to his team's locker room Friday, Tisch said he is intrigued by the prospect of Peyton playing quarterback for the New York Jets.

"I only know what I've read, but I think it would be very interesting if Peyton came here," Tisch told ESPNNewYork.com. "On the occasions when we played the Colts, a lot was made of it. I think it's appropriate, I think it's fun, and I think it would be great for the fans, Giants fans, Jets fans, if Peyton and Eli were to be in the same market. I think that's why football is fascinating."

Mark Sanchez is under siege and, after missing the entire 2011 season, Peyton is still recovering from his neck surgeries and is very much in danger of losing his job to the Indianapolis Colts' certain No. 1 pick, Andrew Luck. A Jets pursuit of Peyton is a realistic possibility, even if a Peyton pursuit of the Jets is not.

But if Peyton did decide to join Rex Ryan's no-ring circus, and did decide to share/steal the market with/from his kid brother, a possible all-Manning Super Bowl at Met Life in 2014 would represent the mother of all New York, New York sporting events.

"I hope Peyton's still playing in 2014, I really do," Tisch said. "I think it would be very hard for the fans of football to get tickets to that Super Bowl because I'm sure they'd all be gone to Giants and Jets fans."

Four years ago, Tisch correctly predicted his Giants would beat the 18-0 Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. The only man ever to win a Super Bowl ring and an Academy Award (he produced "Forrest Gump"), Tisch wasn't ready to predict that Peyton's place would be in Florham Park in the coming months.

"But there are five quarterback stories in the NFL right now, plus a separate story," Tisch said. "You've got Eli, Aaron [Rodgers], [Tom] Brady, [Drew] Brees, and [Tim] Tebow.

"And then you've got a quarterback story with an asterisk, and that's Peyton. That one will be very interesting."

Ian O'Connor is the author of "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter." "Sunday Morning With Ian O'Connor" can be heard every Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. ET on ESPN New York 1050.

Ian O'Connor

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Ian O'Connor has won numerous national awards as a sports columnist and is the author of three books, including the bestseller, "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter." ESPN Radio broadcasts "The Ian O'Connor Show" every Sunday from 7 to 9 a.m. ET. Follow Ian on Twitter »

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