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The Return

Photograph By Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Quarterback Peyton Manning, who went to the Denver Broncos from the Indianapolis Colts after a year out with injury, is surrounded by media after his team's season-opening win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manning appeared not to have slipped at all in 2012; he went on to guide the Broncos to an easy AFC West title.