VIDEO: Remembering Peyton Manning's Impressive First-Ever NFL Pass in 1998
By Tristan Jung
Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison formed one of the greatest QB-WR duos of all-time, and they got off to a flying start in their very first preseason game together.
The Indianapolis Colts selected Manning with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, and he was immediately installed as the starting quarterback. And on the very first play of his NFL career, Manning uncorked a 48-yard bomb to Marvin Harrison in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The play, captured in great detail by NFL Films, was a fairly simple slant route that Harrison executed brilliantly. Harrison had been with the Colts for two years, but Manning's arrival turned Harrison into a guaranteed Hall of Famer.
Manning's first career touchdown pass also went to Harrison in Week 1 of the regular season. Manning did have some growing pains, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns as the Colts went 3-13 in his rookie season, but he also showed signs of greatness to come.
By 1999, Harrison was named First-Team All-Pro and led the league in receiving yards. The Colts made the playoffs and both players were named to their first Pro Bowl.
Of course, Manning would go on to win five NFL MVPs and lead the Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI, and both players have since been elected to the Pro Hall of Fame.
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