The 'When Peyton Manning actually wanted to play for the Jets' quiz


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This week, the Indianapolis Colts announced plans to honor Peyton Manning during the 2017 season. On October 7th, the team will unveil a statue commemorating Manning outside of Lucas Oil Stadium. The next day they will retire his number during halftime of their game against the 49ers. If anyone in the NFL deserves his own day, it's Peyton Manning, and if it's half as eventful as Rex Manning Day, the fine folks of Indianapolis are in for a real treat. 

With all the touchdowns, all the 'Omahas!' and all the commercials that Manning tallied along the way during his playing days, it's easy to forget that Manning's career (and, in turn, NFL history) would have been greatly altered had Bill Parcells simply made one phone call. Gary Myers of the Daily News details the saga here, but this is the choice paragraph:

Parcells studied every throw Manning made as a junior at Tennessee. Archie Manning called him twice before Peyton announced on March 5, 1997, that he would be returning to school. He was calling on behalf of Peyton, who wanted assurances from Parcells he would take him if he came out. He wanted to play for Parcells, he wanted to play for the Jets, he wanted to play in New York, but he didn’t want to declare for the draft and then be concerned that Parcells would trade the pick.

Parcells' reasoning seems to shift the blame over to the NFL's higher powers at the time:

“We were being threatened pretty strongly by the powers that be,” Parcells said. “They were watching the Jets. They were watching us like hawks. But hey, that’s the way it is.”

20 years later, it's nearly impossible to discern the truth from legend, but whatever the case may be, it was a massively pivotal moment for two NFL franchises. One ended up with the greatest statistical quarterback of all-time while the other was left with nothing more than a schadenfreude-filled draft montage on YouTube as a parting gift. Such is life I guess. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Manning will be joining exclusive company once the Colts hang his #18 up in their rafters. How many of his colleagues in this distinct group can you name? Ten minutes are on the clock.

Good luck!

CLUE: Team - Number. List only includes players so no 12th Man listed here. Sorry, Seattle. 

QUIZ: Name every player in NFL history who had their number retired

Score:
0/148
Time:
10:00
ARI - 8
Larry Wilson
ARI - 40
Pat Tillman
ARI - 77
Stan Mauldin
ARI - 88
J. V. Cain
ARI - 99
Marshall Goldberg
ATL - 10
Steve Bartkowski
ATL - 31
William Andrews
ATL - 57
Jeff Van Note
ATL - 60
Tommy Nobis
BUF - 12
Jim Kelly
BUF - 78
Bruce Smith
CAR - 51
Sam Mills
CHI - 3
Bronko Nagurski
CHI - 5
George McAfee
CHI - 7
George Halas
CHI - 28
Willie Galimore
CHI - 34
Walter Payton
CHI - 40
Gale Sayers
CHI - 41
Brian Piccolo
CHI - 42
Sid Luckman
CHI - 51
Dick Butkus
CHI - 56
Bill Hewitt
CHI - 61
Bill George
CHI - 66
Bulldog Turner
CHI - 77
Red Grange
CHI - 89
Mike Ditka
CIN - 54
Bob Johnson
CLE - 14
Otto Graham
CLE - 32
Jim Brown
CLE - 45
Ernie Davis
CLE - 46
Don Fleming
CLE - 76
Lou Groza
DEN - 7
John Elway
DEN - 18
Frank Tripucka
DEN - 44
Floyd Little
DET - 7
Dutch Clark
DET - 20
Barry Sanders
DET - 22
Bobby Layne
DET - 37
Doak Walker
DET - 56
Joe Schmidt
DET - 85
Chuck Hughes
GB - 3
Tony Canadeo
GB - 4
Brett Favre
GB - 14
Don Hutson
GB - 15
Bart Starr
GB - 66
Ray Nitschke
GB - 92
Reggie White
IND - 18
Peyton Manning
IND - 19
Johnny Unitas
IND - 22
Buddy Young
IND - 24
Lenny Moore
IND - 70
Art Donovan
IND - 77
Jim Parker
IND - 82
Raymond Berry
IND - 89
Gino Marchetti
KC - 3
Jan Stenerud
KC - 16
Len Dawson
KC - 18
Emmitt Thomas
KC - 28
Abner Haynes
KC - 33
Stone Johnson
KC - 36
Mack Lee Hill
KC - 58
Derrick Thomas
KC - 63
Willie Lanier
KC - 78
Bobby Bell
KC - 86
Buck Buchanan
LAC - 14
Dan Fouts
LAC - 19
Lance Alworth
LAC - 21
LaDainian Tomlinson
LAC - 55
Junior Seau
LAR - 7
Bob Waterfield
LAR - 28
Marshall Faulk
LAR - 29
Eric Dickerson
LAR - 74
Merlin Olsen
LAR - 75
Deacon Jones
LAR - 78
Jackie Slater
LAR - 80
Isaac Bruce
LAR - 85
Jack Youngblood
MIA - 12
Bob Griese
MIA - 13
Dan Marino
MIA - 39
Larry Csonka
MIN - 10
Fran Tarkenton
MIN - 53
Mick Tingelhoff
MIN - 70
Jim Marshall
MIN - 77
Korey Stringer
MIN - 80
Cris Carter
MIN - 88
Alan Page
NE - 20
Gino Cappelletti
NE - 40
Mike Haynes
NE - 57
Steve Nelson
NE - 73
John Hannah
NE - 78
Bruce Armstrong
NE - 79
Jim Lee Hunt
NE - 89
Bob Dee
NO - 31
Jim Taylor
NO - 81
Doug Atkins
NYG - 1
Ray Flaherty
NYG - 4
Tuffy Leemans
NYG - 7
Mel Hein
NYG - 11
Phil Simms
NYG - 14
Ward Cuff
NYG - 14
Y. A. Tittle
NYG - 16
Frank Gifford
NYG - 32
Al Blozis
NYG - 40
Joe Morrison
NYG - 42
Charlie Conerly
NYG - 50
Ken Strong
NYG - 56
Lawrence Taylor
NYJ - 12
Joe Namath
NYJ - 13
Don Maynard
NYJ - 28
Curtis Martin
NYJ - 73
Joe Klecko
NYJ - 90
Dennis Byrd
PHI - 5
Donovan McNabb
PHI - 15
Steve Van Buren
PHI - 20
Brian Dawkins
PHI - 40
Tom Brookshier
PHI - 44
Pete Retzlaff
PHI - 60
Chuck Bednarik
PHI - 70
Al Wistert
PHI - 92
Reggie White
PHI - 99
Jerome Brown
PIT - 70
Ernie Stautner
PIT - 75
Joe Greene
SF - 8
Steve Young
SF - 12
John Brodie
SF - 16
Joe Montana
SF - 34
Joe Perry
SF - 37
Jimmy Johnson
SF - 39
Hugh McElhenny
SF - 42
Ronnie Lott
SF - 70
Charlie Krueger
SF - 73
Leo Nomellini
SF - 79
Bob St. Clair
SF - 80
Jerry Rice
SF - 87
Dwight Clark
SEA - 71
Walter Jones
SEA - 80
Steve Largent
SEA - 96
Cortez Kennedy
TB - 55
Derrick Brooks
TB - 63
Lee Roy Selmon
TB - 99
Warren Sapp
TEN - 1
Warren Moon
TEN - 34
Earl Campbell
TEN - 43
Jim Norton
TEN - 63
Mike Munchak
TEN - 65
Elvin Bethea
TEN - 74
Bruce Matthews
WAS - 33
Sammy Baugh
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