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Manning Named MVP

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was named the NFL's most valuable player today by the Associated Press.

Manning also won the award in 2003 and 2004 and joins New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre as the league's only three-time MVPs. Favre won his awards while with the Green Bay Packers.

Each of the quarterbacks shared the award once, Manning with Steve McNair in 2003 and Favre with Barry Sanders in 1997. Favre's other two awards came in 1995 and '96.

Manning received 32 votes in balloting of media members to far outdistance Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington and Atlanta Falcons tailback Michael Turner, who finished tied for second with four votes each.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson got three votes apiece. San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers received two votes, and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and Tennessee Titans rookie tailback Chris Johnson each got one.

Manning and the Colts got off to a sluggish start this season after Manning underwent preseason knee surgery. The Colts lost four of their first seven games. But they won their final nine games of the season to secure a playoff spot, and Manning led the way. He threw 27 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions this season while passing for 4,002 yards, and he was the league's fifth-rated passer.

By Mark Maske  |  January 2, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  | Category:  Awards , Colts Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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qqbDEyZW:

Eli??? Eli could'nt wear Peytons jockstrap...oh wait a minute, he probably get's his hand-me-downs!

Peyton's top WR get's hurt, he makes the other receivers into all pro's...Eli's WR get's busted, Eli looks like crap once again. Come on, get a grip. If Peyton had Jacobs, Ward & that o-line that the Gints have he'd be MVP EVERY year. Eli...did'nt even get a vote from the NY AP writers...Eli...one & out coming up!

Posted by: james51 | January 2, 2009 11:06 PM

Mr. Manning is deserving. Not only is he a great sportsman, he is also very supportive of charitable organizations. Plus, he is a good role model for kids. You don't see his name tied to drugs, criminal acts or even public intoxication.

An MVP needs to be more than just good at playing the game.

Posted by: snerdguy | January 2, 2009 7:34 PM

Why isn't Bob Sanders the MVP? When he is out, the Colts D can't stop anyone. When he returns they start winning.

Posted by: didnik | January 2, 2009 5:30 PM

It's clear why Manning is still a favorite son of the University of Tennessee--when you watch him, you know you're going to get as close to perfection as there is. Of cource had Pennington won it, we in Knoxville would be equally proud. Both show their skills on and off the field with class.

Posted by: bigdog2u | January 2, 2009 3:38 PM

Big mistake but look who made the choice. Why are men so stupid? The best player in the NFL is Eli Manning and that's just the truth. I guess AP owed someone a favor and this was the pay out. Eli is the true winner in the hearts of those who know and watch Football. So of the comments by so called Sport reporters are just like the Media reporting the lies for Bush. The highest Judge sees Eli as the MVP of 2008.
Peyton is a ok quarterback but is a long way from being in the super star league of Eli. See you at the SuperBowl I'll be the 64 year old black lady wearing the #10 Eli Manning shirt.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 2, 2009 3:34 PM

The Dolphins? Ugh, no thank you. The MVP award is a sham and nothing more than a popularity contest. It would be nice for a change to see a non QB win it. Personally I would have voted for Ed Reed or Michawl Turner.

Posted by: ozpunk | January 2, 2009 3:30 PM

This award and all awards that are selected by the media and fans along with a $5 bill would not buy me a good cup of coffee.

Posted by: opita | January 2, 2009 3:24 PM

Lame! This obsession with the Manning legacy is getting old... How much did Daddy Archie or his corporate sponsors pay for this title? Bah.
Posted by: ozpunk | January 2, 2009 12:55 PM

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So said the Miami Dolphin fan.
Yeah, Peyton Manning is a corporate creation... The corporations make him break all those NFL records.

Posted by: theprototypeoftheperfectman | January 2, 2009 2:54 PM

Lame! This obsession with the Manning legacy is getting old... How much did Daddy Archie or his corporate sponsors pay for this title? Bah.

Posted by: ozpunk | January 2, 2009 12:55 PM

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