The Steelers legend started thinking he could make the Pro Football Hall of Fame when critics said he would not make it.
With Frank Gore gone to Indianapolis, the young gun has established himself as San Francisco's feature back.
Denver scored two touchdowns in a span of nine seconds to steal a road win against the Chiefs.
The Patriots running back hadn't appeared in a regular-season NFL game since 2012, but he shines as the team's Week 1 starter.
Amid murmurs that his age had to catch up to him soon, Peyton opened the 2013 season with a record-setting performance.
The big rally was a positive sign for Cleveland's football future.
The Tampa Bay running back has shown he can be a star -- and also that he can break fantasy hearts.
Down 28 points against the Chiefs, the Indianapolis quarterback carried his team to a thrilling 45-44 win.