Peyton Manning, the producer of Netflix's ‘Quarterback' series, disclosed in an interview with Pat McAfee that several quarterbacks declined to be part of it.
Less than a month ago, Netflix released the first season of the documentary series ‘Quarterback', which followed the journey of Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins, and Marcus Mariota throughout the 2022 NFL season.
Peyton Manning, legendary QB and the show's producer, shared with Pat McAfee that multiple quarterbacks declined to be featured in the series' second installment. He admitted he might have had reservations about participating at certain points in his career.
Dak Prescott and Jalen Hurts turned down the offer twice.
Quarterbacks from two of the four NFC East teams declined to be featured in the series in its first two seasons: Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys and Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles.
In an interview with Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, Prescott mentioned he was approached to participate in both Season 1 and 2 of the series but declined. He even asked Manning if he would have agreed.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott said he was approached a year ago and a second time to do the “Quarterback” show on Netflix. “I'm not a TV guy. ..I haven't seen it.” He added: “I asked Peyton (Manning) if he would do it if he was me.” Manning's answer is reflected in Prescott's decision.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 27, 2023
Meanwhile, Hurts, during a press conference after the initial training camp practices, shared that he declined to be featured in the first season and would not participate in the second season either, believing a later time would be right to share his story.
“Actually, I turned it down last year. I didn't feel it was the right year, so I declined the opportunity,” said Hurts. “That time will come; there's a lot of my journey left to tell and a lot to uncover that will be revealed someday.”
Geno Smith isn't interested.
Geno Smith was awarded the Comeback Player of the Year for the 2022 season after becoming the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. The West Virginia University alum believes the series provides the general audience with a more humane perspective on what it's like to be an NFL quarterback.
“I thought it was great; I thought all the guys did an excellent job. I'm glad more people got insight into a quarterback's life and our jobs,” Smith commented after Thursday's practice. “It's a tough job, but if you don't see what we do, it's taken for granted.”
The 32-year-old QB had the best season of his career, throwing for 4,282 yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Moreover, he led the league in completion percentage at 69.8% and took the Seahawks to the playoffs.
Tua Tagovailoa believes it's not the right time.
Tua Tagovailoa was one of the pivotal quarterbacks of the NFL's 2022 season due to the several concussions he experienced. The Dolphins' QB shared that he isn't willing to display personal aspects of his life on television.
“There's been talk about doing it. But I feel that right now, it's simply not the right time,” he told the Miami Herald. “But also because I'm a very private person. I felt the series was more about their personal lives than what they did on the football field. For me, that's not something I like to do, especially showing my son on national TV or letting people see what I do.“
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