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Hunter S. Thompson urged Colts owner Jim Irsay to draft Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning

Back in March of 1998, Thompson wrote a letter to Jim Irsay urging the Colts owner to take Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning first overall in that year’s NFL draft. Irsay, of course, ignored Thompson’s plea and decided to take Manning, a future Hall of Famer who delivered Indianapolis a Super Bowl championship in 2006. Leaf went No. 2 to the Chargers, played just three seasons in the league and is widely considered the biggest draft bust in NFL history.

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