Sports Illustrated’s Peter King announced Manning as the recipient of the annual award at halftime of the Sunday Night Football game on NBC. Manning is scheduled to be on the cover of the Dec. 23 issue of Sports Illustrated.
“To some degree, we’re taking a measure of Peyton’s entire career, dating back all the way to college,” Sports Illustrated managing editor Chris Stone said, according to the Broncos’ website. “He’s had three stops since college — Knoxville, Indianapolis and Denver. What really strikes you beyond that consistently excellent performance is the way he’s connected with all three of those communities in a really profound way.
“Obviously he’s having an historical season — that’s obvious to anyone out there, even the casual sports fan. He’s only been (in Denver) for two years, but the imprint he’s left not only on the team but the community is undeniable.”
Manning is the eighth NFL player to be named Sportsman of the Year.
He was named NFL MVP in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009. He has a good chance to win the award again this season. The Broncos are tied for first place in the AFC West with an 11-3 record, and Manning has 47 touchdown passes, three shy of the single-season NFL record held by Tom Brady.