No matter if you follow football or not, you’re likely familiar in someway with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Whether it be you follow football, have seen one of his eight million commercials on television or happen to have him on your Fantasy Football team, Manning is everywhere and rightfully so. In their season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, Manning tied an NFL single game record for most passing touchdowns after launching seven total against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
If you’re wondering how often this happens, the answer is not often as the last time it happened was back in 1969 when Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp threw seven touchdowns in a single game against the — wait for it — the Baltimore Colts. Not only did Manning used to play for the Indianapolis Colts, but he tied Kapp’s record against the team that took the Colts place in Baltimore.
Kapp though never played for the Colts, Ravens or Broncos but he shares a record with Manning now. However they also have something else in common as Kapp is not only remembered for his record and career but his post-football acting career that saw him star in a slew of films through the 1970s.
Now Manning hasn’t actually starred in any films yet but he’s known for acting in all those commercials he can be seen in from the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket ads to Papa John’s TV spots as well.
Neither were particularly strong actors although Kapp actually made the leap to major motion pictures, starring alongside Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard among other films he made before returning to football in the 1980s. But he and Manning are forever linked now through their touchdown record, but they share more about their careers than you know.