Manning wins fifth MVP award

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named the NFL’s most valuable player for a record fifth time Saturday.

Manning, in his second season with the Broncos since being released by the Indianapolis Colts after undergoing four neck surgeries, set single-season NFL records by throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. His previous four MVP awards, already the most in league history, had come with the Colts.

The selection was made by the Associated Press and was announced during the “3rd Annual NFL Honors” show taped Saturday evening at Radio City Music Hall.

Manning did not attend and will be seeking his second career Super Bowl victory when the Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday. He received 49 of 50 MVP votes, with the other vote going to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Manning also was named the AP offensive player of the year Saturday.

In other awards, Ron Rivera was named the AP’s coach of the year after leading the Carolina Panthers to a 12-4 record and the second seed in the NFC playoffs.

“I have a great group of players that are coachable, that listen, do the things that are asked of them and believe in it as well,” Rivera said.

One of those Panthers players, linebacker Luke Kuechly, was named defensive player of the year. The second-year pro had 156 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was named the offensive rookie of the year. He rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns.

New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson was named the defensive rookie of the year after a 78-tackle, 31 / 2-sack season.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was named the comeback player of the year. Rivers threw for 32 touchdowns and had only 11 interceptions while leading the Chargers to the playoffs.

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for accomplishments on and off the field.

●HALL OF FAME: Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, the NFL’s single-season sacks leader, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of a seven-member class.

Voters also chose Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed and Aeneas Williams to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, in August. Guy and Humphrey were the nominees of the seniors committee Guy is the first full-time punter in the Hall of Fame. “There is a place for us,” Guy said.

●BROWNS: Kyle Shanahan and the Cleveland Browns are expected to complete a deal next week for him to be the team’s offensive coordinator, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Shanahan, offensive coordinator for Washington this past season, was dismissed after the Redskins went 3-13.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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