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Manning Powers Through MVP Voting

Published by Paul Preibisius on January 9, 2010
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

In the end, all the discussion and debate proved unwarranted. 

Peyton Manning not only won the MVP award, but ran away with it.¬† The final AP tally ended with 39 ¬Ĺ votes going to Manning.¬† The closest competition (Drew Brees) managed only seven and a half votes while two other quarterbacks (Philip Rivers and Brett Favre) rounded out the vote with two and one vote, respectively.¬†

There was some speculation that sitting the bulk of the final two games would impact voters, who would look at quarterbacks with complete seasons in a greater light.  In that respect the pair of losses may have only proved to highlight Manning’s value as the Colts leader.

Manning also received help against the two other front-runners across the length of the season.  Brees’ New Orleans Saints closed the year with a thud, losing their final three games to finish the year.  He led the league in passer rati...

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