The NFL announced that quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos is a finalist for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year, an honor he won last year.
Until January 24, fans can cast their votes at http://www.nfl.com/fedex for 2013’s leaders at the quarterback and running back positions, to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year. FedEx will announce the winners at the “3rd Annual NFL Honors” awards show in New York City, a two-hour primetime special to air nationally on February 1 on FOX the night before Super Bowl XLVIII.
If Manning wins, FedEx will make a $25,000 donation to Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc. The funding will be used to help U.S. business development by educating the next generation of entrepreneurs across the Front Range on how to start and grow their own businesses.
As part of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL program and its commitment to business owners, FedEx supported Junior Achievement’s entrepreneurship education programs by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning player’s names: a year-to-date overall donation of $130,000. In supporting the Junior Achievement program and sponsoring the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year program, FedEx strives to recognize leadership and success both on and off the field.
A closer look Peyton Manning’s results:
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, one of the winningest quarterbacks in league history, led the Broncos (13-3) to the No. 1 seed in the AFC. He set the NFL’s single-season passing-yard record with 5,477 yards, surpassing Drew Brees’ 2011 mark of 5,476 yards, and finished the regular season with 55 touchdown passes, also the most in a season in NFL history. 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 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 (115.1) was one of seven NFL quarterbacks to have a passer rating of 100.0 or better in 2013. Manning, who was selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl, was nominated for FedEx Air Player of the Week nine times, winning four.