Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass in the second half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning named 2013 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning won the 2013 FedEx Air NFL Player Of The Year award Saturday night during the “3rd Annual NFL Honors” awards show.

FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year award is a culmination of weekly awards presented by FedEx throughout the NFL season that give football fans the ability to honor stand-out quarterback performances each week while earning charitable donations for the winning players’ cities.

Manning set the NFL’s single-season passing-yard record with 5,477 yards, surpassing Drew Brees’ mark of 5,476 yards in 2011, and finished the regular season with a record 55 touchdown passes. Manning is the first quarterback since Dan Marino in 1984 to set the record in both passing touchdowns and passing yards in the same season. Manning (64,964) surpassed Marino (61,361) for the second-most career passing yards in NFL history. With 491 touchdown passes and 5,532 completions, Manning now trails only Brett Favre (508 TDs; 6,300 completions; 71,838 yards) in the three major career passing categories.

Manning was selected from a panel of three finalists. The other FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year finalists were quarterbacks Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers. In honor of the winners’ outstanding play, FedEx is donating $25,000 to the Junior Achievement offices in Denver.

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