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If the Indianapolis Colts Took Ryan Leaf in the 1998 NFL Draft

Published by on June 6, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

The conventional wisdom is that the Indianapolis Colts made the right call in 1998 when they drafted Peyton Manning with the first overall pick.  But, conventional wisdom is usually wrong.  Okay, it is actually usually right.  It is, at least, sometimes wrong. 

Since 1998, the Colts have won one Super Bowl.  Not bad....not bad at all, considering there are 32 teams in the league.  But, since that time, the Patriots have been to four Super Bowls, winning three, while frequently treating Manning like a rag doll along the way—better.

The Steelers have won two Super Bowls, capturing their first Super Bowl behind a second-year quarterback who significantly outplayed the great Manning in the biggest playoff upset that year—also better.   

Incidentally, the Steelers, apparently stealing a page from the Patriots' playbook, also treated Manning like a rag doll in that game, enough so that he was...shall w...

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