NEW YORK — Peyton Manning’s record-setting season earned him his fifth Associated Press NFL MVP award Saturday night 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.
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Manning was not on hand as he gets ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl against Seattle.
“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.”
Archie Manning, holding his grandson Marshall in his arms, accepted the award from two more MVPs, Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers.
Manning also took the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year award for the second time. Broncos executive John Elway accepted the Offensive Player award on Manning’s behalf.
“I can say I have never seen a better year played by a quarterback than Peyton Manning,” Elway said. “To see what he did this year, it was truly amazing.”
Carolina grabbed two major awards, with Ron Rivera winning AP NFL Coach of the Year and linebacker Luke Kuechly voted top defensive player.
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 for 2013.
San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers took the Comeback Player of the Year award at the NFL Honors show.
Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and accepted the honor with tears in his eyes.