Peyton Manning Gets Yet Another Undeserved Reward

Mike MillerCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 06:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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      I've always considered the All-Pro voting to be the most legit of any postseason award votings.  And I still do.  However, Peyton Manning was awarded first team All-Pro this year, and there were a host of other QB's that simply had a better year.  
     Here I have disclosed links to the All-Pro rosters and the quarterback stats of 2009.  Please tell me how Manning deserves the first team voting...
    He didn't lead the league in passing yardage, QB rating, or touchdowns.  He threw more interceptions than anybody in the top 20 in passer rating!  And by all means he had a good year, but so did many quarterbacks!  He simply doesn't deserve this.  He gets awards because of his name, and this is now painfully obvious to me.  Sure he deserves them sometimes, but this is getting ridiculous.  There are simply a handful of QB's that should have received the award before him. 
     I'm not going to lose sleep over this, but I just wanted to point out that although Peyton Manning is a great quarterback, he really does get some honors that he simply doesn't deserve.  Based on this, I'm going on record saying that he is overrated.  Yeah, I said it.  Peyton Manning is overrated.  This is, afterall, the very definition of overrated:  To overestimate the merits of; rate too highly.  He receives awards he doesn't deserve.  He is rated too highly.  This All-Pro voting makes this nothing less than an obvious fact.
    I think you can all agree with me, looking at the cold hard numbers, that he should not have received this vote.  And he also was voted MVP unanimously.  Why? 
     This is how the MVP voting broke down this year...
     Manning received 39 1/2 votes to 7 1/2 for Drew Brees of New Orleans. Only four players – all quarterbacks – earned votes. The other two were Philip Rivers of San Diego (2) and Brett Favre of Minnesota (1).

Could somebody please explain to me this overwhelming majority vote?  I don't buy it.  Not for one second.  He didn't have the most impressive year statistically.  That's a fact.  Where would the Saints be without Brees?  The Vikings without Favre?  The Chargers without Rivers?  These men all had better passing numbers this year.  All of them.  And please don't tell me he doesn't have the personel around him like the others.  That would be ridiculous and I'm not even going to entertain that idea. 
     He gets accolades he does not deserve.  He is, hence, overrated.  That said, he's a great player.  A certain Hall of Famer.  First ballot.  I'm not arguing that.  But a player of that caliber can still be overrated.  And he is certainly that.  

     And I do realize that this article will get it's share of criticism.  Hell I'll probably get hunted down and stoned to death.  You'd be surprised how many women have been burned to death due to the belief that they were witches.  Maybe that will be my fate.

     I will be stigmatized as "that guy who said Manning was overrated".  Oh well.  I will stick to my opinion.  And I myself think I make a valid argument.  Bring it on...