At 10:47 am Eastern, the AP announced that they have named Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning the 2009-2010 Most Valuable Player. This sets an NFL record of MVP awards won by one player, breaking the tie he shared with Brett Favre. The record is now set at four.
The voters of the Associated Press (AP) chose Manning in a landslide over the other three candidates that received votes. Manning snagged 37.5 of the 50 votes; the other votes went to Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, who got 7.5 votes, Philip Rivers, with two, and Brett Favre, who grabbed one.
Manning led the Indianapolis Colts to an amazing 14-0 start this season, and an NFL record seven comeback wins. Manning threw for 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns, and had a passer rating of 99.9. He had a career high in completion percentage, 68.8 percent, and was sacked a career-low 10 times.
Manning was also recognized for his leadership stature. Any player that you talk to will tell you that playing with Manning is like playing with a head coach on the field. He commands his offense like a captain of a ship, with power and efficiency. There has never been a player like him, and I don't think there ever will be.
Now, Manning will tell you that he is honored to have won, but it is nothing compared to their ultimate goal: winning Super Bowl XLIV.
Manning is getting his team prepared to go into battle, and getting them ready to win three more games this season to accomplish their goal. If this is accomplished, it will secure his place as the greatest player ever—not that many don't already consider him that now. I know I do.
I am just curious, though: how many more MVPs are in Peyton Manning's future? And furthermore, does his trophy shelf have any more room on it, or will he have to make a trip to Home Depot to get more shelving supplies?