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Just the thought of Peyton Manning suiting up in a different uniform felt like blasphemy not so long ago.But after losing an entire season to neck and arm injuries, Manning is out the door in Indianapolis.
He’s certainly not the first Super Bowl QB to join a new team at the end of his career, but Manning’s departure from Indy also makes you wonder if the likes of Drew Brees or even Tom Brady may face similar fates in the coming years.
Seeing what else you’ve got left in the tank by switching teams at the end of long, successful careers with one franchise doesn’t always work out as planned.
Note: We stuck to QBs who had LENGTHY, SUCCESSFUL careers with their Super Bowl team. We stayed away from journey men like Rich Gannon, Brad Johnson, and Trent Dilfer.
After a 1-1 Super Bowl record and as his career was winding down, Unitas went to San Diego at age 40. He only played in 5 games that year.
Joe Namath is most famously known for guaranteeing, and coming through with, a win over the heavily favoured Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl 3
After a dozen years with the New York Jets, Broadway Joe finished his career with four games quarterbacking the Los Angeles Rams.
He retired the year after.
With Steve Young waiting in the wings, the San Francisco 49ers sent Joe Montana to the Kansas City Chiefs. He got them as far as the AFC Championship in 1993.
Boomer Esiason took the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl in 1988, where they lost to Montana's 49ers. He never made it back after playing his last few seasons in New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals uniforms.
A young Drew Bledsoe steered the New England Patriots to an AFC title and Super Bowl appearance against Brett Favre's Green Bay Packers in 1996 (they lost)
After losing his starting job to some guy named Tom Brady, Bledsoe tried reviving his career as a Buffalo Bill and Dallas Cowboy.
He only made it to the playoffs one more time, losing in the first round.
Their 1999 season ended just a yard short of a Super Bowl ring versus St. Louis. McNair made it back to the postseason with Baltimore, but never got back to the big one again.
Kurt Warner came out of nowhere to lead the St. Louis Rams to an improbable Super Bowl win against the Titans in 1999
As he aged, Warner served as the transition to Eli Manning in New York before almost winning another championship with the Arizona Cardinals in 2008.
After his production waned, Carolina let Delhomme go so he signed on as a backup in Cleveland before retiring and then coming back part time as a Houston Texan in 2011.
Yup, Brett Favre looked like an excited little kid when he won the Super Bowl in 1996 against New England.
His attempt at father time glory with the New York Jets and later, the Minnesota Vikings, annoyed fans everywhere, though.
Regardless, Favre did lead Minnesota to within 3 points of a Super Bowl appearance in 2009.
After a storied career consisting of five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance against the Patriots in 2004, Donovan McNabb left Philadelphia to give way to Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick
Stints with Washington and Minnesota have left us all wondering if his playing days may be over.
Matt Hasselbeck had a career year in 2005 as his Seattle Seahawks went to the Super Bowl before losing to Pittsburgh
His first year in Tennessee in 2011 was serviceable, but he's merely there to provide a smooth transition for recent first round pick Jake Locker.
Peyton Manning will suit up for a new team in 2012. He'll bring a 1-1 Super Bowl record along with a Hall of Fame resume
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