For Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the accolades are coming in faster than the acceptance speeches can be written.
Already the Sports Illustrated’s 2013 Sportsman of the Year, Manning was recently named the Colorado Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Based on the year Manning is having, the vote was ultimately a no-brainer, the only thing in doubt being whether the Pro Bowl quarterback would be available to give another acceptance speech.
According to denverbroncos.com editor Gray Caldwell, Manning is one of only four Colorado athletes to earn back-to-back honors.
"Manning now joins Alex English (1982, ’85), Joe Sakic (1996, 2001) and teammate Champ Bailey (2005-06) as a two-time Colorado Sports Hall of Fame professional Athlete of the Year recipient.”"
Manning was already named to his 13th Pro Bowl and voted a first-team AP All-Pro for the seventh time in his career earlier this year.
With so many personal accolades coming his way, Manning is still focusing on team success as his Broncos face the San Diego Chargers this week. Not to down play his personal trophy collection, but one can only wonder if it will ever be complete without another Lombardi.