Hard to believe that was all nine years ago. Today Peyton Manning is considered by many to be the greatest QB of his generation while Ryan Leaf is the poster boy for Draft Day Bust. Leaf is out of the NFL, coaching the 10-0 West Texas A&M University football team. He's also the golf coach. Life must be tough when you're teaching golf.
However, despite their different paths, Peyton and Ryan still talk on a regular basis:
One quote from the story is very humorous, and it's a story often repeated around here:
The story is told that before the Indianapolis club reached this decision, Manning had informed the team's management group that if it did not select him, it would regret the decision.
Manning confirmed this story. Because Indianapolis is closer to his home in New Orleans than it is to San Diego, he said his preference was to pursue a career here rather than in Southern California.
"I said, 'If you take me, I would just as soon come here,' " Manning related. " 'If you don't, I'll kick your (rear end) for the next 15 years.' "