“Modern Family” is currently on its eighth season and the show has featured a number of celebrity guests throughout its impressive run. Nathan Fillion from the TV series “Castle” made an appearance this season when he played weather hero Rainer Shine in the fourth episode. Another celebrity guest is set to appear on the show, and he is no less than an American sports icon.

Spoiler alert: This update contains plot details about season 8 of “Modern Family.” The eighth season premiered Sep. 20. The show is available in Australia via Tenplay.

Former Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning will make his acting debut on “Modern Family” as the sports tutor of Jay (played by Ed O'Neill) and Gloria’s toddler son Joe (played by Jeremy Maguire). Actress Sofia Vergara, who plays Gloria, revealed the star quarterback’s involvement on the show when she posted a photo of herself and Manning on Instagram while they were on set. Vergara has almost 11 million followers on Instagram and the news quickly spread. Manning is expected to appear in the 12th episode of season 8, which slated for January.


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The former Denver Bronco is set to play Coach Gary, the sports tutor of Joe. Coach Gary will teach the little guy how to throw and catch at the Pritchett residence. Gloria will be all over her son’s coach, who will draw the ire of Jay. The Pritchett patriarch used to be football player in high school.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Manning chanced upon the show’s creator, Steve Levitan, when they were both in Mexico. Levitan talked to him about appearing in a “Modern Family” episode and Manning easily said “yes” since he was already a huge fan of the show.

Aside from Nathan Fillion and Peyton Manning, the hit comedy series will also feature “Cheers” and “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer this season.