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These 10 Hall of Fame NFL players are identical in one uniform, even though they ended their playing days in the wrong colors.
There are many ways we could have gone here. After all, the NFL has enjoyed 102 seasons, and thousands of notable players have graced the field.
We did not fit Tom Brady with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Thurman Thomas with the Miami Dolphins. Each one could easily have been on the list. The same can be said about Deion Sanders with the Baltimore Ravens or Andre Johnson with the Tennessee Titans.
But with all the choices we had, these are the 10 we went with:
10 NFL greats who ended their careers in the wrong uniform
10. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos
Manning spent four amazing years with the Broncos, winning one Super Bowl and reaching two. But even though he is now a regular part of Denver, he will always rightfully be remembered with the horseshoe as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
9. Bruce Smith, Washington Redskins
Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading sack artist, and spent the first 15 years of his career with the Buffalo Bills. Still, the last four were with Washington, where he was still excellent and got 29 sacks.
8. OJ Simpson – San Francisco 49ers
Another Bills’ legend who left the team late in his career was Simpson, who became the league’s first 2,000-yard rusher in a single season with Buffalo in 1973. But after a nine-year penalty, Simpson was traded to the 49ers in ’78 before going on pension after the 1979 season. He ran 1,053 yards and four touchdowns with San Francisco.
7. Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings
Favre looked very out of place with both the Jets and Minnesota Vikings. Hell, you could argue the same for the Atlanta Falcons. However, the Vikings were the most bizarre considering their rivalry with the Green Bay Packers, for which Favre played the lead role from 1992-07. In two seasons with the Vikings, Favre reached the NFC title game and got a Pro Bowl spot.
6. Joe Montana – Kansas City Chiefs
Montana was a popular choice as the game’s all-time quarterback, before Brady arrived, and rightly so. He won four Super Bowls with the Niners and was the face of a dynasty before being given to the Chiefs in 1993. In Kansas City, Montana played two years and reached the offseason twice, including a spot in the AFC Championship Game.