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Peyton Manning, the 1998 NFL draft and the ‘science’ of picking a winner (video)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — With the benefit of 16 years of hindsight, it’s easy to forget the debate in 1998 about whether Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf would be the first overall pick in the NFL draft.

Peyton Manning (AP photo)

The Indianapolis Colts wisely chose Manning, who became perhaps the greatest quarterback in the history of the game.  Leaf struggled with injuries and other issues in his four-year career and is generally regarded as the one of the biggest busts in NFL history.

The New York Times revisited that┬ádecision in the 12-minute video embedded above. It’s worth watching.

Here’s some video from Manning’s visit to Knoxville last summer.