As Modern Family came to the end of its tenure on television, Rico Rodriguez spoke to “Reality” about his time on the show. When asked about which storyline he would like to revisit, he mentioned the times when Manny was a footballer. “I really love sports, so I was a little upset when Manny stopped playing football,” he said, recalling that the story was cut rather abruptly and that he lost his enjoyment of it as soon as it ended. Rodriguez continued: “It was so much fun to be able to put on a full kit, go out into the sun and say, ‘I’m ready to play football.’
Unfortunately for Rodriguez, Manny’s football dreams ended up being a footnote in Modern Family’s grand scheme. That meant he didn’t have to mix his profession with his personal love of the sport for too long, but at least the series paved the way for him to get a sweet football memorabilia. In 2019, he recalled E! News that when longtime NFL player Peyton Manning guest starred on the show, he brought a gift with him. “Right when he was about to finish filming, he gave Ed [O’Neill]Sofia [Vergara]and I’m a signed football. I, being a big fan of sports, went crazy, ”he shared.
Manny Delgado of Rico Rodriguez never became a football star. Still, a football autographed by Peyton Manning is a nice consolation prize for the actor who played Manny.
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