Growing up in New Orleans, Peyton attended Isidore Newman High School and led his team to a 34-5 record during his three seasons as a starter. He passed for 7207 yards, completing 59.4% of his passes with 92 touchdowns. After his senior season, Peyton was named Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year and was the number one recruited quarterback in the nation.
Proud to be a Tennessee Volunteer, Peyton collected honors during his tenure at UT. He became the school’s all-time leading passer with 11,201 yards, 863 completions, and 89 touchdowns. He holds 42 NCAA, SEC, and Tennessee records, including 33 Tennessee single game, season, and career records. Peyton was 39-6 as a starter for Tennessee. As a freshman, he threw three touchdowns against South Carolina. As a sophomore, Peyton recorded his first 300-yard day against Georgia. Peyton’s first 400-yard game came as a junior against Florida, and as a senior he threw his first 500-yard game against Kentucky. In 380 passing attempts as a sophomore, Peyton threw just four interceptions, an NCAA single-season record. For his career, Peyton recorded the lowest interception percentage of all time, 2.39%, a mere 33 interceptions in 1381 attempts. By the end of his junior year, Peyton had already completed his degree, a BA in speech communications, and many suspected he would enter the NFL Draft, and likely be the top pick. Peyton elected to stay at UT for his senior year. He threw for 3819 yards and 36 touchdowns in 1997 and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Peyton was elected to the GTE Academic All-American team, won the prestigious Burger King Vincent Draddy Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a $100,000 endowed scholarship to the university, and was named the Maxwell Trophy winner for college football’s best player and the winner of the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas awards as the nation’s best passer. Peyton also received the illustrious Sullivan Award, presented to the nation’s top amateur athlete based on character, leadership, athletic ability, and the ideals of amateurism.
Peyton Manning, the league’s only four-time MVP and a 12-time Pro Bowl selection, completed his 15th NFL season in 2012, and stands alone as the active leader in nearly every statistical passing category.
Manning owns the second-most wins (154), passing touchdowns (436), completions (5,082) and attempts (7,793) by a quarterback in NFL history, while ranking third with 59,487 career passing yards. His 12 seasons throwing for more than 4,000 yards and his 14 campaigns with 25-plus touchdown passes rank first in league annals along with his 72 games with 300-plus yards and 73 contests throwing for at least three touchdowns.
In his first year with the Broncos in 2012—and after missing the entire 2011 campaign with a neck injury—Manning finished as the Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year and runner-up for the league’s MVP after leading Denver to its second consecutive division title and the AFC’s No. 1 seed. Named to his 12th Pro Bowl—tops among quarterbacks in NFL history—Manning finished the 2012 regular season with team records for completions (400), passing yards (4,659), completion percentage (68.6%), touchdowns (37) and passer rating (105.8).
During his first 14 NFL seasons with Indianapolis, he set club records in nearly every career passing mark and led the franchise to its first World Championship in 36 years, earning MVP honors in the Colts’ 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
2012 Season Highlights
- Set Denver Broncos single-season franchise records for nearly every major passing category, including completions (400), completion percentage (68.6), passing yards (4,659) and quarterback rating (105.8).
- Named to his 12th Pro Bowl, establishing an NFL record for quarterbacks while becoming the first QB in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl after missing the previous year due to injury.
- Earned Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors while finishing as the runner-up for the league’s MVP Award. The league’s only four-time MVP, it marked the eighth time he has finished in the top-3 of MVP voting.
- Named an Associated Press first-team All-Pro selection for the sixth time in his career (ninth career first- or second-team AP choice).
- Became the 3rd (and fastest) player in NFL history to reach the 400 touchdown pass mark for his career.
- Established new NFL records for career game-winning drives (48), 300-yard passing games (72) and three-touchdown pass games (73).
- Moved into 2nd place in NFL history in career victories by a starting quarterback (154), passing John Elway (148) and Dan Marino (147).
- Became the second player in NFL history to throw for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in four consecutive games (Games 4-7).
- Honored as the Kansas City 101 Club’s AFC Offensive Player of the Year for the seventh time in his career, extending his record.
- Named the recipient of the 2013 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Professional Athlete of the Year Award.
- Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week twice, tying an NFL record with his 23rd such accolade, and named AFC Offensive Player of the Month twice, tying an NFL record with his sixth such accolade.
- Helped the Broncos become the third team in NFL history to win 11 consecutive games by at least one touchdown.
- Started 16 games for 13th consecutive season in 2010 and earned 11th career Pro Bowl selection (9th consecutive selection)
- Manning has completed more passes and thrown for more yards and touchdowns in a career-opening 13-year span than any NFL player
- Manning ranks 3rd in NFL career completions
- Manning ranks 4th in NFL career passing yards
- Manning ranks 3rd in NFL career touchdown passes
- Manning ranks 4th in QB starting wins and first in regular season starting wins by NFL QBs with 128 seasons in Super Bowl era
- Manning is the only NFL player with 40,000+ passing yards (42,322) and 300+ passing touchdowns (314) in a decade (2000-2009), while 3,579 completions and 115 starting wins also ranks as the most in a single decade
- Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award, 2002
- USA Weekend’s Most Caring Athlete Award, 2002
- NFL MVP, 2003
- John Wooden Trophy, 2004
- NFL MVP, 2004
- Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, 2005
- Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, 2005
- Super Bowl XLI MVP, 2007
- Best Championship Performance ESPY Award, 2007
- NFL MVP, 2008
- NFL MVP, 2009
- Youthlinks Indiana National Pathfinder Award, 2010
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