NEW YORK (AP) ― 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, 2004, 2008 and 2009. He also was the runner-up last season to Adrian Peterson.
Manning still trails several Hall of Famers for total MVPs in their sport. Wayne Gretzky won nine NHL MVPs, Barry Bonds owns seven in baseball, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six in the NBA.
He also took the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year award for the second time. He leads the Broncos into Sunday’s Super Bowl against Seattle.
Carolina grabbed two major awards, with Ron Rivera winning AP NFL Coach of the Year and linebacker Luke Kuechly voted top defensive player.