Originally written on College Football Universe  |  Last updated 11/17/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: David Carr #8 of the New York Giants throws a pass against the New York Jets on August 29, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Everybody knows the story of the Manning brothers in football.  Peyton Manning had a phenomenal senior year at Tennessee (3,819 yards and 37 touchdowns) on his way to becoming the first pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, selected by Indianapolis. Six years later, younger brother Eli was in the same position coming out of Ole Miss (3,600 yards and 29 touchdowns).  How much influence did Peyton’s ongoing stellar pro career played into Eli being the top prospect? The season before Eli’s draft, Peyton was league MVP and led the league in passing yards. Had Eli not had a Pro Bowl older brother in the league could he of still attempted his holding hostage of the ‘04 Draft by refusing to play for San Diego, and forcing the Chargers to send Eli moments later to the Giants?  Of course, nobody dwells on the day that Eli pouted his way to a better franchise since he's gone on to win 2 Super Bowls.The same scenario is playing itself out right now in college football—well sort of.  In 2002, the newly f...
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