Peyton Manning Named 2013 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

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He can do more than just star in hilarious commercials.

The Denver Broncos quarterback, whose career was nearly derailed by multiple neck surgeries two years ago, has been named the 2013 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

The honor comes days after Pope Francis was named Time's Person of the Year.

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In his cover story on Manning, who is poised to break Tom Brady's single-season touchdown pass mark this year, Lee Jenkins writes that Manning "remains the reigning champion of the everyday."

Jenkins also cites Manning's evolution from someone with unparalleled physical gifts to someone who now succeeds more with his mind and his determination.

"The laser rocket arm -- Manning's description in that famous Sprint commercial - is more like a cap gun now," reads the article. "Yet he is currently piloting the best team in the AFC and the most bountiful offense in the NFL while threatening single-season passing records for yards and touchdowns. Still, that's not why Manning is Sportsman of the Year for 2013."

So, why did Manning earn this distinction, on that has gone in the past to such star athletes as Derek Jeter and LeBron James?

It's the way in which he has written his "sequel," Jenkins said, gushing over how Manning has been "prepared to face consequences," been "prepared for adversity" and been "prepared for change."

Did SI make the proper selection? Should Peyton Manning be the 2013 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year?

 

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