After his neck surgery prior to the 2011 season, Peyton Manning was sidelined for the entirety of his final season with the Indianapolis Colts. After watching his team crumble without him, Manning was released and was later signed by the Denver Broncos. Despite the constant analysis of his readiness to return to the field, Manning proved that he is the same great player he has always been. His success in Denver this season earned him the title of Comeback Player of the Year at this year's NFL Honors.
Manning excelled in Denver, leading the Broncos to a 13-3 record. Denver not only clinched a playoff berth, they topped the charts in the AFC West.
If there is any wonder why Manning received the title, his stats speak for themselves. He led the league with his 68.6 completion percentage. Manning placed second in the league with his 105.8 passer rating, the best of his career. Manning completed 37 touchdown passes with only 11 interceptions.
Manning faced Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Manning was awarded 31.5 votes while Peterson and Charles received 17.5 and 1, respectively.