NEW YORK — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named the league’s most valuable player by the Associated Press for the fifth time in his career, it was announced on Saturday night at the third annual NFL Honors held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Manning also was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year during the awards show for the second time in his career (2004).
He is the third Bronco to be selected as league MVP, joining former running back Terrell Davis, who received the honor following the 1998 season, and current Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, who won the award as quarterback for the Broncos in 1987.
Manning, whose five MVP awards are two more than any other player in history, set NFL single-season records with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdown passes this year while directing the highest-scoring offense (606 pts.) in league annals.
The 16-year veteran becomes the oldest player to be named MVP at 37 years and 10 months, and he is the only individual to earn the recognition with two different teams (Ind., 2003-04, ’08-09).
His 2013 season began with a record-tying seven touchdown passes against the Baltimore Ravens in the opener, as he earned the first of his three AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards. He also was named conference Player of the Month on two occasions (Sept./Dec.) on his way to receiving first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl accolades. In December, he was recognized by Sports Illustrated as the publication’s 2013 Sportsman of the Year.
A runner-up for league MVP following his first season with Denver in 2012, Manning has finished first or second in MVP voting in eight of the 15 seasons he has played.