Peyton Manning named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. I guess this is a good thing.
This honor may trump a fifth NFL MVP award. Sports Illustrated announced Sunday that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is its Sportsman of the Year for 2013.
Manning, 37, is the first Bronco and first Denver athlete to receive the prestigious award. He is in the midst of an unprecedented comeback from four neck surgeries that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season with the Indianapolis Colts, an injury that led to his release, free agency, and new chapter in his career with the Denver Broncos.
Manning was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2012 and has 47 touchdown passes this season — three off the league’s single-season record with two games remaining. He has led the Broncos to an 11-3 record and is a top candidate to win his record fifth MVP award this season.