Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has been voted as the 2008 NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) by the Associated Press. This is his third title which is a record, Manning now shares with New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre.
“I know it’s an individual award, but … truly, in my opinion, a team award,” said Manning. “It’s been the most rewarding regular season that I’ve been a part of in my 11 years, and I have to believe a lot of the other players and even coaches might feel the same way.”
Peyton, who also won the USA Today NFL MVP title, was chosen for the consistent performance he showed in the past season which saw the Colts making the playoffs, despite a 3-4 start, because of a nine-game winning streak powered by Manning’s 209 for 2,248 yards and 17 touchdowns. This was his ninth season for more than 4000 yards.
Manning earlier got the honor in 2003 and 2004. He was the unanimous choice of 50 AP sports writers, out of whom he got the support of as many as 32, leaving Miami quarterback Chad Pennington (4) and Atlanta running back Michael Turner (4) far behind.
“I really accept this award on behalf of the team and the organization because there is no way we would be in the playoffs and bounced back without those three people creating a winning environment,” he said referring to Colts owner Jim Irsay, president Bill Polian and coach Tony Dungy.