When Peyton Manning retired from the NFL last year, his father Archie told him to never look back as he turned to the next chapter of his life.

But, according to Archie Manning, Peyton had to reject one coach's question about a possible return in 2016, even if it was a joke.

The paternal Manning said Friday he saw a text message exchange last December between his son and Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who was the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos from 2013-14 while Peyton was the quarterback. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a knee injury in Week 14 last season that forced him to miss the final three regular-season games as well as Miami's postseason game.

"It started with Gase," Archie Manning said of the exchange at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State. "He said, 'Hey 18, Tannehill went down.' He said, 'I think he's going to miss some time. The first question I'm going to get at the press conference in the morning is if I'm going to try to bring you to Miami. What do you want me to tell them?'

"The text message came back from Peyton, 'You tell them I could probably come play, but there's no way I can miss carpool the next two weeks.' So, he was done."

Whether he's shuttling his kids around Denver, visiting China on behalf of the NFL, going to football games, receiving the Lincoln medal or preparing to host the ESPY awards, Peyton Manning has stayed busy since retiring from football.

The 41-year-old New Orleans native even came home for Mardi Gras as his entire family enjoyed parades last February. Archie Manning said Peyton and Eli even stood on ladders and were bombarded with beads and other "good stuff."