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Peyton Manning wins Sports Illustrated 2013 'Sportsman of the Year'

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Sports Illustrated announced their 2013 Sportsman of the Year on Sunday Night Football on Dec. 15. Peyton Manning won the award over names like David Ortiz and Mariano Rivera.

Peyton Manning went to the Denver Broncos in 2012 after years leading the Indianapolis Colts and took his new team to the postseason. In 2013, he was even better. Manning is on pace to break the NFL single-season passing records for touchdown passes and yards thrown and has Denver positioned as one of the odds-on favorites to win the Super Bowl.

According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Manning beat out names like Rivera, who retired after a long distinguished career as the closer for the New York Yankees, as well as David Ortiz, who led the Boston Red Sox to a huge return to prominence this season.

In 2013, Manning has thrown for 4,811 yards and 47 touchdowns through 14 games. Drew Brees owns the single-season record for yards with 5,476 and Manning needs to average 332 yards in each of his last two games to break that record, after a slight slowdown over the last month of the season.

The record for touchdown passes is 50, so Manning only needs four more over the last two games to own that record.

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