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.