League MVP Peyton Manning Looked in Top Form During The AFC-NFC Pro Bowl

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIFebruary 8, 2009

Playing in the ninth Pro Bowl of his career, the man who holds every single significant Pro Bowl passing record continued to pour more on to the Peyton Manning page of the record book.

During an era when the Pro Bowl has mutated into more of a season-ending spectacle then a competitive football bout, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning continued to display how continuous hard work can translate to excellent on-field performance, even though it did take place during an exhibition game.

As he does every year, Peyton Manning was one of the few players who practiced hard in preparation for the Pro Bowl game. It was good to see Manning play almost a full half of football as I feel that the starters of the Pro Bowl earn the right to significant playing time if they so chose.

Peyton was 12 of 17 for 151 yards, one touchdown pass (which would have been two had Brandon Marshall not dropped the second) and no interceptions. Manning left the game with his AFC team in firm control with the lead.

In the end, it was Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald who won the prestigious MVP award (an honor Peyton earned back in 2004) as Fitzgerald caught 5 passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

In a way, it was a good way for such a quality player to put an end his phenomenal season.

My bias tells me that Peyton Manning should have been the selection for the game's MVP award but I understand and respect the fact that Fitzgerald walked away with it.

Either way, I'm proud of the way that Peyton performed as he yet again continued to illustrate both the character and ability of a true living legend.

Catch you next season Peyton.