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Peyton Manning is addicted to ‘Boardwalk Empire’

Peyton is a fan of Nucky!
Peyton is a fan of Nucky!
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Sure, football and “Boardwalk Empire” take place on the same day during the same time of the year, but Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said that he is a big fan of the HBO Prohibition-era drama, according to a Jan. 29 report from

Originally a “‘Sopranos’ guy,” as he called himself, Manning said he was “devastated” when the series finale came.

“It was a tough moment for me when it was over,” he said. “Sunday night was my night to watch television because you don't get the chance to [watch] shows during the week.”

And when “Sopranos” writer Terence Winter branched out and created “Boardwalk Empire,” Manning said that was a “big deal” for him. Unfortunately, the fourth season ended in November, and he doesn’t have a show to watch when he’s not playing football.

“I wish it were a little longer,” Manning said. “I’m having a hard time getting through the postseason without it.” I don’t think the (‘Boardwalk’) season is long enough. I’ve been struggling without Nucky and the guys.”

Manning added: “And there are the young characters, like (Meyer) Lansky and (Al) Capone. Now those aren’t good guys, but it’s a pretty good show.”

Manning did not give his thoughts on the series coming to an end after the fifth season, which airs in the fall of 2014. Manning and the Broncos will face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday, Feb. 2.

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