Peyton Manning: Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

May Alexander


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Last year marked a miraculous comeback for one of the NFL’s most revered players, Peyton Manning. After playing with the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons, Manning underwent cervical fusion surgery and sat out the entire 2011 season, having never missed a single game before that since the moment he was drafted by the Colts in 1998.

12-time Pro Bowler is only the beginning of his achievements, which also include four MVP trophies, and a Super Bowl XLI Championship (and MVP). Remarkably, at the age of 37, Manning is playing in top form – after being released from Indianapolis and signing with the Denver Broncos in 2012. In his first season with the Broncos, Peyton led his team to a playoff appearance, only to be beaten in double overtime by the eventual Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens.

This season, 2013, Manning is on the verge of breaking the single-season quarterback records in two categories: Touchdown passes and passing yards, which have stood for nearly a century. Sportsman of the Year? Certainly. Just add it to the long line of achievements this NFL great has compiled throughout his career. The good news is, there is definitely more to come from the Denver Broncos with Peyton at the helm.

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