I'm not going to write an elegant argument for why Peyton Manning's selection as MVP is a sham. Rather, I would l like to create an argument in favor of several other men—deserving men.
The saddest part of Manning's mock victory is that he was the winner by default in a year where voters had so many GREAT choices. So many players stepped up this year. So many good players turned into fantastic players...
...and none of them earned their recognition.
So, in honor of the REAL MVPs, I have created this list of athletes who inspired their teams all season long and better defined the term "most valuable."