NEW YORK — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. It’s a move that is unsurprising given his level of play, but not too long ago, such a prospect would have seemed highly unlikely to many NFL fans.
That’s because Manning underwent multiple neck surgeries in 2011, and was told by doctors that his NFL career was over. Report after report surfaced that Manning was struggling to find the velocity on his throws, and everyone was concerned with the possibility that he wouldn’t be able to make a hit.
But Manning has now had multiple excellent seasons in Denver, with 2013 being his statistical best to date. Manning threw for 5,477 regular season yards, breaking the single-season passing yards record previously held by Drew Brees by a single yard. He also threw 55 touchdown passes, breaking the single-season touchdown pass record previously held by Tom Brady by five TDs. He posted a 68.3% completion percentage and led the Broncos to the No. 1 seed in the AFC this season.
This season was the 13th season in which Manning was able to pass at least 4,000 yards in a season, which breaks an NFL record. It’s also his eighth season with 30 or more touchdown passes.
Manning has been a front-runner for this award and the league’s MVP award all season. There were plenty of other players with impressive performances this season, such as Brees or LeSean McCoy, but Manning had a season that is the best season statistically a quarterback has ever had in the NFL.
McCoy would have won this season if Manning didn’t have such a great season. McCoy had a very productive year as a runner, with 314 carries for 1,607 yards and nine touchdowns, helping the Eagles win the NFC East and a playoff spot in head coach Chip Kelly’s first season with the organization.
In the passing game, McCoy had 52 receptions for 539 yards and two touchdowns through the air, which brought his yardage over 2,000 yards.
However, Manning’s season isn’t quite over just yet. Peyton will lead the Broncos in an attempt to win his second Super Bowl on Sunday.
Source: SB Nation