• There have been many one-hit wonders in NFL history , but some are simply more noteworthy than the others. An NFL roster has 53 players. Multiply that by 32 teams and you get 1,696 players in the league. With that many players, some are sure not to be able to sustain any form of early-career success.Think about what the NFL would have been had the likes of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice been a bust after having just a good season or two. The league’s history books would have been written all over.On the other hand, knowing who these one-hit wonders are ought to serve notice to today’s young players that they can’t coast and expect to end up becoming Hall of Famers once they hang up their cleats. The NFL, as in any other major professional sports league, is as tough as they come. It is survival of the fittest.Take it from Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, who marveled at Manning’s insane work ethic leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks, per’s Chris Wesseling:“When Peyton joined our team, we had those little iPads with all our film on it and he never sets it down. He’s got it in the training room , he’s got it in the lunch room. He never stops preparing. You hear Peyton all the time talking about enjoying the preparation part. He really does. He’s in there taking notes like any rookie. He’s in there taking notes, watching film, correcting things and that’s what makes him special.”The end result of Manning’s hard work has been five MVP awards, two Super Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl title, 13 Pro Bowl stints, a Pro Bowl MVP award and the NFL’s all-time leader in career touchdown passes, plus a slew of other accolades which will take up a lot more space.Manning has also earned a record $230 million in his 17-year NFL career, which is “$75 million more than any other player,” per, in a nutshell , prospective NFL football players who wish to succeed should emulate Manning’s shining example. But then again, the zany world of the NFL wouldn’t be as exciting without these all-time one-hit wonders.For the purposes of this article, we will rate them based on the expectations they carried into the NFL and how far they were in meeting them.

    For the Chicago Cubs, the last few days have felt like Christmas in July.

    The team has won five games in a row and will try to stretch it to six on Wednesday afternoon in a Fourth of July matinee.

    “Everything is believable,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters when asked about his team’s recent hot streak. “We believe in everything right now. Santa Claus is absolutely true.

    “When you get to that point and you get that kind of confidence, you don’t want to do anything to nick it.”

    Chicago (48-35) has climbed 13 games above .500 to match its high-water mark. The Cubs have a chance to set a new high when they host the Detroit Tigers (38-49) in the finale of a two-game series at Wrigley Field.

    All of the Cubs’ five wins during the streak have been in come-from-behind fashion.

    “One of our concepts is to score first,” Maddon said. “One of our concepts is to win the inning. But I think this is maybe the residue of our starting pitching not being what it probably is. We’ve given up more runs early from our starters that we didn’t anticipate happening.

    “But it’s a tightly knit group. They’re there to pick everybody else up. So, OK, they’ve scored a couple runs. There’s no quit. The chatter in the dugout is great, all that stuff is outstanding. I just think that the come-from-behind component right now is based on our starters not pitching to their capabilities yet.”

    That said, the Cubs will look for a solid start from left-hander Jose Quintana (6-6 , 4.31 ERA) in his 17th start of the season. The 29-year-old has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his past 12 starts.

    In 18 career starts against the Tigers, Quintana is 5-5 with a 4.37 ERA. The Colombia native has walked 26 and struck out 82 in 111 1/3 innings.

    The Tigers will counter with veteran left-hander Francisco Liriano (3-4, 3.99 ERA), who is scheduled to make his 13th start of the season. The burly southpaw carries a career record of 105-103 with a 4.14 ERA in 335 career games.

    More than a few teams could be scouting the 34-year-old Liriano as the trade deadline approaches. He is coming off a quality start against the Toronto Blue Jays but has not logged a victory since April 17 against the Baltimore Orioles.

    In 14 career starts against the Cubs, Liriano is 5-4 with a 3.27 ERA. He most recently faced the club in 2016, when he posted an 0-2 record with a 7.63 ERA in three starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays.

    The Tigers could turn to a six-man rotation in the next couple weeks, which is fine with Liriano.

    “I think that would work,” Liriano said recently to “It wouldn’t bother me at all. I don’t know about any other guys. (Blaine) Hardy has been doing a great job, so it’s hard to put him in the bullpen with the way he’s throwing the ball right now. I think that’s a great idea.”

    Injured Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (shoulder) is not expected to play Wednesday. He is hitting .280 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 66 games this season.