Peyton Manning a backup for the first time since 1994

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is active for the first time in weeks after dealing with foot and rib injuries, but Brock Osweiler is the starter and SportsCenter tweeted the following out as a result.

Peyton Manning is a backup for the 1st time since 1994, when Todd Helton was the starting QB at Tennessee. pic.twitter.com/v3KpxU9L9K

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 3, 2016

That’s quite the interesting fact, especially considering how Helton and Manning both took vastly different career paths. Helton would go on to lose his starting job to Manning that year and would end up spurning football for baseball, ultimately playing 17 years for the Colorado Rockies and having a borderline Hall of Fame-quality career, while Manning would play four years with the Vols and be selected first overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, the first step en route to a career full of setting records and winning a Super Bowl.

Needless to say, after 18 NFL seasons, just how Helton passed him the torch, it appears that Manning is now about to pass the torch to Osweiler.

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