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SBD/December 16, 2013/Media
Peyton's Place: SI Names Broncos QB '13 Sportsman Of The Year Award Winner
Published December 16, 2013
THE PICK IS IN: THE MMQB's Peter King notes SI Managing Editor Chris Stone and the editors of SI pick the award, but King writes he supports the choice of Manning because, "at 37 and maybe 85 percent of his former grip and arm strength because of his four neck procedures in 2010 and 2011, he is apace to challenge the two big single-season pro football passing records." Having one’s "best year under the circumstances and with so many young pups with stronger arms and faster legs chasing him is worthy of our praise and respect." King: "And the way he approaches life -- this not Athlete of the Year; it’s Sportsman of the Year -- and his job is something admirable" (MMQB.SI.com, 12/16). CBSSPORTS.com's Will Brinson wrote Manning is a "good guy who does good things in the community and he's probably going to set the record for passing yards in a single season and touchdowns in a single season." From a "pure 'athletic achievement' standpoint, he's certainly a worthy winner" (CBSSPORTS.com, 12/15). In DC, Cindy Boren writes, "Taking nothing away from whether he is the embodiment of sportsmanship, it seems like something of an odd choice, one made more for the Broncos’ record and his assault on the offensive record books than anything else." But it was "that kind of year in sports, sort of a meh year when it comes to these kinds of awards" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 12/16).