Peyton Manning no longer owns 31 Denver-area Papa John's locations, opting to sell them just days before the NFL cut ties with the company, according to the Denver Post.
Manning will still be Papa John's celebrity spokesperson as part of a long-term agreement, the report says.
As of Feb. 28, Pizza Hut became the NFL's new official pizza sponsor.
Papa John’s founder John Schnatter stepped down as CEO in January, about two months after he criticized the NFL leadership over national anthem protests by players — comments for which the company later apologized.
Earlier this year, Schnatter blamed slowing sales growth at Papa John’s — an NFL sponsor and advertiser — on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had kneeled during the anthem to protest what he said was police mistreatment of black men, and other players started kneeling as well.
Papa John’s apologized two weeks later, after white supremacists praised Schnatter’s comments. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company distanced itself from the group, saying that it did not want them to buy their pizza.