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5 successful pro athlete franchisees

Current and retired athletes have stepped up their investment in the restaurant industry

For many professional athletes, restaurant franchising has been the path to lifelong financial stability once the final whistle blows on their playing days, and the most recent franchise deal between Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Papa John's Pizza shows how high-profile athletes are becoming more outspoken in their enthusiasm for the industry.

For every superstar of Manning's caliber with the ability to acquire dozens of operating restaurants, there are a

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