The Sportsman Speaks

Peyton Manning discusses being named SI's 60th Sportsman of the Year, taking it one season at a time and his second life in Denver

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Christopher Cavarretta
Christopher Cavarretta

First off, I am from the Boston area. But the fact David Ortiz was not selected given the tragic events of the Boston Marathon, his role in the healing of the city, his clutch play (again) in the playoffs, and his continued excellence on the field throughout the season should have been enough for him to win. Ortiz had the numbers and performance to justify his selection plus the regional and "outside the lines" effect to win. The love affair with Manning is gross and overdone! Mariano Rivera would have been a terrific choice as well. Peyton is a wonderful quarterback who has a losing record in the playoffs, lucky to have one super bowl ring, and is having a great season with a team of studs around him but really?? You put any qb on his team and they are going to be a great team and that qb will have a terrific season. Peter King and the other Manning loyalists should look around sometime and see the rest of the athletes that play sports. 

Ocean_State_Patriots_Fan
Ocean_State_Patriots_Fan

Peyton Manning, who is the front-runner to receive his fifth MVP award, is the undisputed king of the NFL regular season.As such, he’s certainly deserving of this recognition.Prior NFL quarterback honorees include Bradshaw (1979), Montana (1990), Brady (2005), Favre (2007), and Brees (2010).Can anyone argue with a straight face that Peyton doesn’t belong in that company?True NFL fans should, from time to time, be able to transcend team loyalty to acknowledge greatness out of love for the game, just as Peyton did in honoring Ray Lewis with a post-game visit.

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