Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. The announcement was made during NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast with Sports Illustrated noting Manning's outstanding 2013 season.
Manning is en route to his record fifth NFL Most Valuable Player award and NFL records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season. "Obviously he's having an historical season - that's obvious to anyone out there, even the casual sports fan," the magazine's Managing Editor Chris Stone told DenverBroncos.com. "He's only been [in Denver] for two years, but the imprint he's left not only on the team but the community is undeniable."
TheMMQB.com editor in chief Peter King commented, "At first, when I knew we were considering Manning, I thought: good choice. Lifetime-achievement-award choice. ... He has his Super Bowl. He has his MVPs. Now he's on the verge of breaking the most important single-season quarterback records [touchdown passes and passing yards] in the 94-year history of the game. ...And he's got his team set to win the top seed in the AFC. Who plays his best-wounded, with so many great young guns chasing him-at 37?"
Previous NFL players who have won the same title were Pete Rozelle (1963), Terry Bradshaw (1979), Reggie Williams (1987), Joe Montana (1990), Tom Brady (2005), Brett Favre (2007) and Drew Brees (2010). Basketball star LeBron James was the winner last year.