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In the June 26 issue of ESPN The Magazine, the discussion surrounded comebacks. How do the comebacks of some of the biggest names in sports stack up? Let's take a look.

Which comeback was greater, Jordan's first or his second?

1995-98
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Whatever your metric of choice, it's clear: Early Jordan (1984-93) trumped Middle Jordan (1995-98). Early MJ got to the line more (.385 FT rate vs. .346), was a more efficient scorer and had more steals and blocks. Counter to the notion that he came to trust his teammates as he aged, Early MJ even had more assists (a career-high 8.0/game came in 1988-89) than Middle MJ did. Which is all to say: MJ was slightly worse during his first comeback than the greatest player of all time. -- Kevin Pelton, ESPN Insider

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Which comeback was greater, Michael Jordan's first or his second?

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Jordan's second comeback, in 2001, was unprecedented. No perimeter player in NBA history has scored more points at ages 38 and 39 than MJ. (And not for nothing, only Kevin Durant played more minutes this season than the 39-year-old Jordan did in 2002-03.) The Wizards had just 19 wins in 2000-01, before His Airness arrived; they had 37 victories in each of his two seasons. But don't trust us -- trust metrics: The Wiz were three points better per 100 possessions with Jordan creaking and crawling down the floor. -- Bradford Doolittle, ESPN Insider

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Did Peyton Manning hurt legacy?

Peyton Manning completed a Super Bowl-record 34 passes on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, but that's pretty much where the positives ended for the legendary quarterback in Super Bowl XLVIII. Because despite those passes and Manning's 280 yards, his Denver Broncos were routed 43-8 at MetLife Stadium. Manning carries something of a poor reputation in big games, and it's impossible to say this game reversed it. Was it his fault? Did the blowout damage his legacy?

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How much was Peyton Manning to blame for the Broncos' 43-8 loss in Super Bowl XLVIII?

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  • Will Peyton Manning play in another Super Bowl?

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  • Which did more to help/hurt Peyton Manning's legacy?

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  • Where does Peyton Manning rank among the best quarterbacks of all time?

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Peyton Manning of the Denver BroncosKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesDoes Peyton Manning's sub-par Super Bowl XLVIII affect his all-time ranking?

That didn't go the way Peyton Manning had hoped. The Denver Broncos quarterback, he of individual records in the 2013 regular season and staggering overall numbers since he entered the league in 1998, fell to 1-2 in Super Bowls with a resounding 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. How much does this affect his standing on the list of best QBs ever? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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Greatest NFL QBs Ever

Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman

Dallas Cowboys (1989-2000)
61.5% completion
32,942 yards
165 TDs, 141 INTs
94-71 W-L
3-0 Super Bowl record

Sammy Baugh

Sammy Baugh

Washington Redskins (1937-52)
56.5% completion
21,886 yards
187 TDs, 203 INTs
Played before SB era

Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw

Pittsburgh Steelers (1970-83)
51.9% completion
27,989 yards
212 TDs, 210 INTs
107-51 W-L
4-0 Super Bowl record

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

New England Patriots (2000-present)
63.4% completion
49,149 yards
359 TDs, 134 INTs
148-43 W-L
3-2 Super Bowl record

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

San Diego Chargers (2001-2005)
New Orleans Saints (2006-present)
65.9% completion
51,081 yards
363 TDs, 177 INTs
110-75 W-L
1-0 Super Bowl record

John Elway

John Elway

Denver Broncos (1983-98)
56.9% completion
51,475 yards
300 TDs, 226 INTs
148-82-1 W-L
2-3 Super Bowl record

Brett Favre

Brett Favre

Atlanta Falcons (1991)
Green Bay Packers (1992-2007)
New York Jets (2008)
Minnesota Vikings (2009-2010)
62% completion
71,838 yards
508 TDs, 336 INTs
186-112 W-L
1-1 Super Bowl record

Dan Fouts

Dan Fouts

San Diego Chargers (1973-87)
58.8% completion
43,040 yards
254 TDs, 242 INTs
86-84-1 W-L

Otto Graham

Otto Graham

Cleveland Browns (1946-55)
55.8% completion
23,584 yards
174 TDs, 135 INTs
Played before SB era

Bob Griese

Bob Griese

Miami Dolphins (1967-1980)
56.2% completion
25,092 yards
192 TDs, 172 INTs
92-56-3 W-L
2-1 Super Bowl record

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts (1998-2011)
Denver Broncos (2012-present)
65.5% completion
64,964 yards
491 TDs, 219 INTs
167-73 W-L
1-2 Super Bowl record

Dan Marino

Dan Marino

Miami Dolphins (1983-99)
59.4% completion
61,361 yards
420 TDs, 252 INTs
147-93 W-L
0-1 Super Bowl record

Joe Montana

Joe Montana

San Francisco 49ers (1979-92)
Kansas City Chiefs (1993-94)
63.2% completion
40,551 yards
273 TDs, 139 INTs
117-47 W-L
4-0 Super Bowl record

Warren Moon

Warren Moon

Houston Oilers (1984-93)
Minnesota Vikings (1994-96)
Seattle Seahawks (1997-98)
Kansas City Chiefs (1999-2000)
58.4% completion
49,325 yards
291 TDs, 233 INTs
102-101 W-L

Joe Namath

Joe Namath

New York Jets (1965-76)
L.A. Rams (1977)
50.1% completion
27,663 yards
173 TDs, 220 INTs
62-63-4 W-L
1-0 Super Bowl record

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers (2005-present)
65.8% completion
24,197 yards
188 TDs, 52 INTs
58-29 W-L
1-0 Super Bowl record

Phil Simms

Phil Simms

New York Giants (1979-93)
55.4% completion
33,462 yards
199 TDs, 157 INTs
95-64 W-L
2-0 Super Bowl record

Bart Starr

Bart Starr

Green Bay Packers (1956-71)
57.4% completion
24,718 yards
152 TDs, 138 INTs
94-57-6 W-L
2-0 Super Bowl record

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

Dallas Cowboys (1969-79)
57% completion
22,700 yards
153 TDs, 109 INTs
85-29 W-L
2-2 Super Bowl record

Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton

Minnesota Vikings (1961-66; 1972-78)
New York Giants (1967-71)
57% completion
47,003 yards
342 TDs, 266 INTs
124-109-6 W-L
0-3 Super Bowl record

Johnny Unitas

Johnny Unitas

Baltimore Colts (1956-72)
San Diego Chargers (1973)
54.6% completion
40,239 yards
290 TDs, 253 INTs
118-64-4 W-L
1-1 Super Bowl record

Steve Young

Steve Young

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1985-86)
San Francisco 49ers (1987-99)
64.3% completion
33,124 yards
232 TDs, 107 INTs
94-49 W-L
1-0 Super Bowl record

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Sherman calls out Manning

Richard Sherman stood his ground regarding his comment that Peyton Manning ''throws ducks,'' but did so in the nicest way possible -- couched in praise for Manning's accuracy and preparation and a bunch of other things people say about Peyton Manning when they're giving him kudos. Manning's arm strength has been questioned before -- it was one of the biggest concerns for him coming off his neck surgery -- but his results this season speak for themselves. He'll need to keep up his near-perfect play in the Super Bowl, unless he wants to see some of those so-called "ducks" float their way into the hands of Sherman or another member of the Seahawks' dangerous secondary.

What do you make of Richard Sherman's comments that Peyton Manning "throws ducks" and doesn't have the strongest arm?

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  • Will Richard Sherman have an interception in the Super Bowl?

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  • Which unit is better?

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