Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Manning takes MVP for record fifth time

NEW YORK — Peyton Manning made his fifth MVP award a family affair.

Manning's record-setting season earned him the Associated Press MVP award Saturday in a landslide. No other player has won more than three.

Denver's record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC's best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote.

Manning won his other MVPs with Indianapolis in 2003, '04, '08 and '09.

"I am humbled by this recognition and grateful to my family, (Broncos owner) Pat Bowlen, (team executive vice president) John Elway, (coach) John Fox and the entire Denver Broncos organization, and of course, my coaches and my teammates," Manning said in a prepared video acceptance speech. He was not on hand as he gets ready for the Super Bowl.

"Now, I sent a couple of guys over there tonight to pick up the trophy on my behalf: my father, Archie ,and my son, Marshall. Thank you very much and God bless you."

Manning also took AP offensive player of the year, which Elway accepted on Manning's behalf. "I can say I have never seen a better year played by a quarterback than Peyton Manning," said Elway, the Broncos' Hall of Fame QB and 1987 MVP.

Running back LeSean McCoy of Philadelphia was second with 10 votes.

Carolina grabbed two major awards, with Ron Rivera named coach of the year and linebacker Luke Kuechly voted top defensive player.

The Panthers went from 7-9 to 12-4 and the NFC South title. Kuechly keyed a defense that allowed 241 points, less than every team except NFC champion Seattle.

Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy and Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were the top rookies. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers earned comeback player of the year. Richardson was the 13th overall pick in April's draft on a selection acquired when New York traded cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Bucs.

Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman was named Walter Payton Man of the Year.

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