Peyton Manning had knee surgery with Andrews in his last year of college. The first overall pick in the 1998 draft, Manning has earned $115 million in salary and signing bonuses with the Colts over the past ten seasons, making the Pro Bowl eight times and spearheading the Colts’ 2007 Super Bowl victory. He also appears in one out of every three TV commercials, or so it seems, making him the ninth highest-earning athlete in the world, according to Sports Illustrated.

In September 2007, the New York Giants called to get Andrews' opinion on quarterback Eli Manning's sore shoulder: Should he rest several games or play through the pain? Andrews said the shoulder should be fine. Eli went on to toss the winning touchdown pass in this year's Super Bowl and had no trouble hoisting the MVP trophy.

In January 2006, Drew Brees had major shoulder surgery. Andrews’ testimonial that Brees would fully recover led the Saints to give him a six-year contract worth $60 million. He led the team to the NFC Championship Game one year after surgery.

After surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in November 2006, Donovan McNabb made a stronger-than-expected return, finishing the 2007 season with a solid 89.9 quarterback rating and another $5.5 million in his bank account.

After his third year in the NFL, Andrews performed elbow and shoulder operations in 1991. Troy Aikman went on to earn an additional $65 million and three Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys.

The Notre Dame star injured his knee during his senior year, negatively affecting his play. Quinn skipped the Senior Bowl to see Andrews, who prescribed rest. Although the QB saw his stock drop on draft day from a likely top-3 pick to #22, he still signed a five-year, $20.2 million deal, with $7.75 million guaranteed.

The View co-host’s brother-in-law, Matt Hasselbeck, had shoulder surgery before the 2007 season, returning to throw for almost 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns, winning 10 games, making the playoffs and the Pro Bowl.

The already weak-armed QB had shoulder surgery in 2005, returning the following year to lead his team to a surprising 10-win season and the playoffs. When the Jets loaded Brett Favre’s cannon into their starting lineup this year, Chad Pennington moved down Miami way to help tutor Chad Henne and make the Dolphins credible again.

In the 1999 preseason, Trent Green suffered a season-ending knee injury (and opening the door for Kurt Warner to lead the Rams to the Super Bowl that year). After Dr. Andrews’ repair, he’s recovered nicely, earning almost $29 million in salary with the Rams, Chiefs, and Dolphins. The 15-year veteran returned this year to St. Louis, picking up another $4 million in salary for 2008.

The one-time USC great, now best known for his off-field drinking and carousing, is in a battle for the Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback job with Kurt Warner. Matt Leinart saught a second-opinion from Dr. Andrews when he broke his collarbone last year, ending his season. Andrews has been rumored to be Leinart’s doctor for the knee troubles he’s experienced in his career.

The former #1 overall NFL draft pick has struggled in the league, and last year’s expected breakout season was derailed by a separated shoulder in week four. He underwent an MRI and Dr. Andrews helped interpret the results. Alex Smith missed three games, returned to the lineup, played poorly, and clashed with his head coach over whether he should be playing or not. Andrews helped determine that Smith’s shoulder wasn’t healing as expected and would require surgery. Smith now finds himself in a battle for his job with Shaun Hill, and we’ll see if Smith can return to live up to his promise.

In November 2006, Daunte Culpepper had arthroscopic knee surgery. He then had a second operation to remove scar tissue. In his comeback game as a Raider, he showed off Andrews’ handiwork by rushing for three touchdowns against his former team, the Dolphins, in his “revenge game.” At press time, he was considered the best quarterback without a job and it’s expected he’ll get a call to step in as a backup soon.

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Peyton Manning had knee surgery with Andrews in his last year of college. The first overall pick in the 1998 draft, Manning has earned $115 million in salary and signing bonuses with the Colts over the past ten seasons, making the Pro Bowl eight times and spearheading the Colts’ 2007 Super Bowl victory. He also appears in one out of every three TV commercials, or so it seems, making him the ninth highest-earning athlete in the world, according to Sports Illustrated.

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