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Peyton Manning describes his round of golf with Donald Trump

Peyton Manning hosted the ESPYs on Wednesday night, and he appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” the night before to hype up the event.

There were a number of gems in the interview. As we shared previously, Peyton shed some light on his perspective on fantasy football (hint: he’s not a huge fan). He also shared an interesting story about the time he played a round of golf with U.S. President Donald Trump about a month ago.

“I was in town, in D.C., for a banquet,” Manning said. “I was receiving a very nice award from Ford’s Theatre called the Lincoln Medal. So I was in town and the President and a lot of politicians were going to be at the banquet. So they knew I was going to be in town. The White House called and said, ‘Hey, the President would like to play golf with you on Sunday. Are you available?’”

Manning shared that a lot of people pressured him to say no, but he did it anyway.

“To me,” Manning said, “no matter what your beliefs are, I heard Arnold Palmer say one time, ‘If the President of the United States ever asks you to play golf, you do it. It’s a no-brainer.’ And it was a fantastic experience. I rode in the motorcade over there, and I’ve never felt safer playing golf. We had 30 golf carts behind us.”

Manning said he ended up having a great time.

“He was a great host,” Manning said. “He loves sports. We passed through a number of groups. He was very gracious. He took a picture with the groups we passed through. And so, I’ve had a chance to play with President Bush before. If President Obama or President Clinton asked me, I would be there in a heartbeat. It was just the experience of playing with the office, and I think it would have been almost un-American of me to say no.”

You can watch this part of the interview below:

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