The Sports Xchange, Published January 15 2014
Peyton Manning collects top offensive awardDENVER – Peyton Manning is playing for another type of trophy, but the decorated quarterback of the Denver Broncos added another personal honor Wednesday.
Manning, who set NFL records in passing yards (5,477) and touchdown passes (55) this season, led the Broncos to the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. He was selected as the 2013 NFL Most Valuable Player and the Offensive Player of the Year, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).
Manning’s prolific season could be extended into Super Bowl XLVIII, with the Broncos taking on the New England Patriots and Tom Brady in Sunday’s AFC Championship game.
St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn, who led the NFC with 19 sacks and led the NFL in sack yards (145), was selected as the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.
Manning, in his 16th NFL season, is the 39th NFL MVP honored by the PFWA, and he extended his record haul of NFL MVP awards from the PFWA to four in his career (2004, 2008, 2009, 2013). He is the second Broncos player to be named MVP by the PFWA (RB Terrell Davis in 1998). Manning was also named to his seventh PFWA All-NFL team in his career this season.
Manning started all 16 games in 2013 and completed 450 of 659 passes (68.3 completion percentage) for 5,477 yards, 55 touchdowns and a 115.1 passer rating with only 10 interceptions as the Broncos went 13-3 in the regular season.