No matter what happens today at Super Bowl XLVIII, Peyton Manning will go home a winner. At the annual NFL Honors, Manning received his record fifth Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award. Of Course he already held the record when he had four, leading three time winners Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas and Brett Favre.
Peyton’s 2013 season is clearly one for the ages watching Manning complete passes for a total of 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. Both are new records supplanting previous holders in Tom Brady and Drew Brees respectively. Ironically not even those numbers earned him a unanimous victory as one voter was frankly a self serving type ensuring Tom Brady’s 2010 is still the only unanimous award.
Manning also won his second Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award at the NFL Honors ceremony. He previously won the award in 2004. Other stats that back up the Broncos quarterback are his passer rating of 115.1 and only throwing 10 interceptions throughout the season. He also lead the Broncos offense to a record setting 606 point season.
Both awards were a no brainer for any of the voters but Peyton Manning will still not consider 2013 a success until the Broncos can take down Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks. If Manning wins Super Bowl XLVIII will he become the greatest quarterback of all-time? Ironically one game should not decide it but the majority of the main stream media would be in full on debate mode.
The reality is no matter what happens tonight Peyton Manning is the greatest regular season quarterback of all-time and is in my top-5 quarterback debate of greatest ever with Joe Montana, John Elway, Tom Brady and Johnny Unitas. Who do you think is the greatest quarterback of all-time? Earlier this year part of the Sports Unbiased writing staff looked at this question and broke down their Top QBs of All-Time