Manning wins fifth MVP award, Super Bowl beckons

Sat Feb 1, 2014 9:45pm EST
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Peyton Manning claimed a fifth National Football League most valuable player award on Saturday but the Denver Broncos quarterback will need another Super Bowl ring to cement his place among the all-time greats.

Manning, who will lead the Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday, was the clear favorite in the MVP race after he set single season marks for touchdown passes (55) and yards (5,477).

Manning, who had neck surgery in 2011 and missed the entire season before being released by Indianapolis and signed by Denver in 2012, also won the award in 2009, 2008, 2004 and shared it with Steve McNair in 2003.

No one other than Manning had won MVP honors four-times and only quarterbacks Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre and running back Jim Brown have captured the award three occasions.

Manning was not on hand to accept the award at New York's Radio City Music Hall leaving that duty to his son Marshall and father Archie, a former New Orleans Saints quarterback, though he did send a pre-recorded message.

"This is a very special award," Manning said in the message.

"I am extremely honored to have it presented by Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers.

"I am humbled by this recognition and grateful to my family, Pat Bowlen, John Elway, John Fox and the entire Denver Bronco organisation, and of course, my coaches and my teammates."   Continued...

Former NFL quarterback Archie Manning (C) accepts the NFL MVP award for his son Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning with Peyton's son Marshall as Joe Montana (R) holds the award during the NFL Honors award show in New York February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri