In case you haven’t heard, Peyton Manning makes his grand return to Indianapolis Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in one of the most anticipated regular season games in recent NFL memory. Manning, one of the game’s greatest QBs ever and seemingly playing at the top of his game, leads his unbeaten Denver Broncos against Andrew Luck, one of football’s next star QBs and Manning’s successor in Indy. With that in mind, Daily Reporter sports editor Brian Harmon and sportswriter Grant Freking pulled out their respective crystal balls and came to different conclusions regarding a straightforward question: Who winds up hoisting more Lombardi Trophys: Manning or Luck?
Harmon: Manning 2, Luck 1
Best case scenario, Manning plays two, maybe three more seasons and wins two more Super Bowls to finish his career with three rings.
Best case scenario, Luck plays 15 more years and wins four championships, the Super Bowl-era standard of quarterback supremacy set by Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.
The case against either quarterback maxing out on Super Bowl jewelry is simple: those things are harder to come by than a Jay Cutler smart decision.
Since Super Bowl I following the 1966 season, only 12 men have claimed multiple titles at quarterback, and only 10 of those actually played in multiple wins (Jim McMahon was on the Green Bay Packers’ bench in 1996 and Jeff Hoestetler filled in for an injured Phil Simms in 1990).