Marshall Manning steals Peyton Manning MVP show


Joe Montana prepare to hand the MVP award to Peyton Manning’s son and father (Evan Agostini/Invision for NFL/AP Images)

For the fifth time in his career, Peyton Manning was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player on Saturday, but the night was more memorable for the debut of a future player.

Little Marshall Manning — the Super Bowl LXXIII MVP? — and his grandfather Archie accepted the award, with the Denver Broncos’ quarterback otherwise occupied.

“I am humbled by this recognition and grateful to my family, [Broncos owner] Pat Bowlen, John Elway, John Fox and the entire Denver Broncos organization, and of course, my coaches and my teammates,” Manning said in a prerecorded video acceptance speech. “Now, I sent a couple of guys over there tonight to pick up the trophy on my behalf: my father Archie and my son Marshall. Thank you very much and God bless you.”

With that, Marshall, 2 1/2, pointed to the crowd, moved 24 members of the audience around, screamed, “Omaha,” and left with his grandfather.

Okay, maybe not on that last part. Yet.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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