With the 27th pick of the 1998 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Peyton Manning, quarterback of the Tennessee Volunteers!
With much excitement and anticipation from the Kansas City hopeful, the Chiefs are the early favorite to win this year's Super Bowl.
In Manning's first year with the Chiefs, he leads them to a respectable 7-9 finish. Throwing for 12 touchdowns and 38 interceptions, it was the spectacular play of Bam Morris and Kimble Anders to lead the team to seven wins.
Unfortunately, Peyton Manning was involved in a serious collision during training camp the following season. He ran full force into fellow teammate Derrick Thomas. His leg was so badly broken he was forced to amputate it.
Playing on one leg that season, Manning got out to a pretty rocky start. Opposing defenses almost seemed to target the limp quarterback's true leg, forcing him to read the defense and throw within a second after the snap.
Finishing the season with a 2-14 record the Chiefs decided that Manning might not be the franchise player he was hyped up to be. He was released at the end of the season with career numbers of 13 touchdowns and 56 interceptions.
He did however, sign a very lucrative long term deal with the New England Patriots as a quarterbacks coach.
Once again, fortunes fell the opposite way of Manning to start off his new job. The Patriots drafted Tom Brady, and he was so good that Belichick decided they didn't need a quarterbacks coach anymore. Manning was later assigned the role of water boy.
It's amazing the stories and careers I can make up using the legendary "What If" scapegoat isn't it? However the beans may fall or the dice may roll, reality is factually and yes, the truth can hurt.