Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/22/12
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No question, it will be strange to see Peyton Manning in Broncos orange and blue this season. But no stranger than it was to see Joe Montana in Chiefs red, or Johnny Unitas with a Chargers lightning bolt on the side of his helmet. Manning is not the first legendary quarterback to leave the town where he made his name to finish his career elsewhere. He certainly won't be the last, especially in the era of the salary cap. How will many perform in a Broncos jersey instead of his iconic Colts threads? Based on how other revered quarterbacks have done in similar situations, it all depends on his attitude and his health. BRETT FAVRE A lot of kids in Wisconsin are named Brett after Favre's 16 seasons and two Super Bowl appearances. When the Packers wouldn't guarantee Favre the starting job over the younger Aaron Rodgers, Favre headed to the Jets in 2008 for one injury-scuttled season. Coaxed out of retirement in 2009, Favre led the Vikings one of the Packers' arch rivals to the NFC Championship. The next season didn't go so well as age and injuries finally caught up to Favre at 41. JOHNNY UNITAS At age 40, Unitas was a shadow of his Hall of Fame self thanks to years of pounding and a long list of injuries during 17 seasons in Baltimore. Just as the present-day Colts appear to ready to draft Andrew Luck, the Colts drafted another hotshot quarterback, Bert Jones, with the second overall pick in 1973. Unitas was traded by the Colts for "future considerations" although it's not clear that the Colts ever received anything in return. Unitas appeared in just five games for the Chargers, starting four. He threw three touchdown passes and seven interceptions and retired after the season. JOE MONTANA In another case similar to the present-day Colts, the 49ers felt their future was with the younger Steve Young when they traded a 36-year-old Montana to the Chiefs in 1993. At least the 49ers got a first-round pick in exchange for the four-time Super Bowl winner. Montana missed most of the 1991 and 1992 seasons with an elbow injury, but he looked like the same ol' Joe in leading the Chiefs to the 1993 AFC Championship game. He took the Chiefs to the playoffs again the next year before finally hanging 'em up. JOE NAMATH The end wasn't as rosy for this Joe. After 12 seasons and a Super Bowl with the Jets, Namath left Broadway for Hollywood in 1977. Having been waived, Namath signed with the Los Angeles Rams but his notoriously bad knees sapped whatever life was left in his rifle arm. Namath lasted four games before heading to the sideline for good. WARREN MOON After 10 seasons and six playoff appearances with the Oilers, Moon was traded at 38 to Minnesota where he led the Vikings to the playoffs in 1994. That would be the end of Moon's playoff runs, but with his powerful arm he continued to play two more seasons each with the Vikings, Seahawks and Chiefs. He was a backup his final two seasons in Kansas City and retired at a ripe age of 44. DONOVAN MCNABB McNabb's 11 seasons with the Philadelphia were packed with highlights and more than a little controversy. Following a playoff loss to the Cowboys in 2009, McNabb was sent packing to the Redskins. His first game in D.C. was a win over the Cowboys, but the honeymoon didn't last. McNabb clashed with head coach Mike Shanahan and was benched at mid-season. By the end of the season, he was third on the depth chart. McNabb was traded to the Vikings last season where he went 1-5 as a starter before being supplanted by youngster Christian Ponder. He was granted his release on Dec. 1 but was not picked up by another team. Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire
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