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  • Peyton Manning SI Sportsman of the year!

    Just announced on SNF! CONGRATS PEYTON!!!
    Last edited by LINEBACKER9; 12-15-2013, 07:49 PM.
    2013 Bronco's Adopt a Player...Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

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    Sportsman of the Year

    Peyton Manning was just named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year! Congrats, Peyton!
    ”Those who would give up liberty for security, deserve neither.” Ben Franklin

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      Very prestigious award, congrats Peyton!!
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      • #4
        Awesome! Way to go!
        Adopted Bronco: DeMarcus Ware

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          Here's an article on it from SI: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/spo...013/?eref=sihp

          It's pretty long, and I want to give credit to the site, so I won't post the article here. But it's good, read it!
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          • #6
            Freakin' awesome! You've earned it, Peyton!

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            • #7
              Awesome!! Congrats Peyton!!!

              (please no SI jinx)

              Adopted Posters - Broncoholic MS, thatkidhunt, Al Wilson 4 Mayor, Thors Hammer, McSmashie, CanDB, Peanut, BroncoManiac_69, MightyHorse, CHARGER$, Chillez, EddieMac
              Married Megan Joy on August 18th, 2013
              Proud Daddy of Jeremiah James born February 24, 2011

              Adopt-A-Bronco 2013 - Champ Bailey
              Yankees, Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche, CU Buffs
              I still miss you Jake Plummer!



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              • #8
                Congrats Peyton!

                Article http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/spo...Sportsman-2013

                Video http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vid...tsillustrated/
                Team Broncos!
                2013 Adopt A Bronco Peyton Manning|#18|QB

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                • #9
                  Could not happen to a better guy. Congrats Peyton!
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                  • #10
                    Probablt not the best place to ask this, but do you actually think he deserves it? Think about it.... what has he accomplished yet this year?

                    Off the top of my head, I can think of many athletes who deserved it before Peyton:

                    - Ray Lewis (greatest linebacker of all time, went out on top with a Super Bowl)
                    - Mariano Rivera (Greatest closer all time, retired this year)
                    - David Ortiz (Arguably greatest and most clutch posteason by a batter ever, World Series MVP, turned Boston bombing tragedy into rallying cry)
                    - Peyton? (No postseason wins this year, hasn't broken any records yet, seems a bit premature...)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bgpatsfan View Post
                      Probablt not the best place to ask this, but do you actually think he deserves it? Think about it.... what has he accomplished yet this year?

                      Off the top of my head, I can think of many athletes who deserved it before Peyton:

                      - Ray Lewis (greatest linebacker of all time, went out on top with a Super Bowl)
                      - Mariano Rivera (Greatest closer all time, retired this year)
                      - David Ortiz (Arguably greatest and most clutch posteason by a batter ever, World Series MVP, turned Boston bombing tragedy into rallying cry)
                      - Peyton? (No postseason wins this year, hasn't broken any records yet, seems a bit premature...)
                      Read the article...then jump to your conclusion.

                      I'll admit, I wouldn't have minded seeing it go to someone like Ortiz, with the whole year Boston has had, but I do think Peyton is deserving based off reading the article.
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                      • #12
                        Congrats Peyton!
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                          Peyton Manning named SI's Sportsman of the Year


                          NFL reported that Peyton Manning has been named the SI's Sportsman of the Year


                          Congrats!

                          http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/

                          [couldn't find it posted so if it is - just delete delete delete]

                          Happy Christmas
                          Merry Holidays
                          The beatings will continue until morale improves....

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                          • #14
                            Here's the full article and it is really good... long, but good. This portion stood out to me --
                            In the backseat of the SUV, a stack of letters rests at Manning's feet: from a mother whose son was injured in a motorcycle accident and is learning to walk again, from a 90-year-old woman who picks college games against her friend but needs a new opponent because her friend just died, from a man who can't move his neck and doesn't know what to do. Every professional athlete receives reams of tear-stained letters, but they sound different when Manning reads them now. "I didn't have a serious illness," he says. "My life was never in danger. But I feel like I can write to these families, or talk to them, with more of a connection than I had before."

                            A son of the genteel South, Manning learned early on the power of the handwritten note, unsurpassed by text or tweet. He still remembers the college coaches who wrote him during his recruitment (like Florida State's Bobby Bowden) as opposed to the ones who resorted to thoughtless form letters. He would lick his thumb and rub it against the signatures to determine whether they were real. When Manning left for college, Archie wrote him before every fall semester.

                            Throughout his career Manning has written coaches and players who retire, as well as widows of coaches and players who pass away. He writes subjects of documentaries he's seen and victims of tragedies he's heard about. He writes his children every six months, even though they are years away from deciphering his cursive. Ashley buys his stationery, cream-colored cards with Peyton W. Manning in block letters at the top. He adds an arrow when a message continues to the back. "I don't know if that's proper or not," he says. It's hard to find any coach, teammate or staffer who hasn't received a note from Manning. "I got one when my dad passed," says Stokley, "and another when Peyton stayed at my house." "I got one when I retired," says former Colts video director Marty Heckscher. "It almost brought me to tears." "I got one when the Colts let me go," says Torine, the former strength coach. "It meant more than any paycheck."

                            All the support that Manning sent to others came flooding back in the year he missed: calls from friends such as Fox broadcaster Joe Buck, who nearly lost his voice because of a nerve ailment in his left vocal cord, but also from rivals like Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "We've been playing a long time in the same era, and there aren't too many people who can relate to what I go through on a daily basis and what he goes through, besides each other," Brady says. "There's mutual appreciation. I've always looked up to him and admired him." Manning considered the impact those well-wishers made and was reminded of the influence he could have.

                            On his first day as a Bronco, he sought out staffers Adam Newman and Josh Bruning. "I'm going to need you to help me with my mail," he said. Every Tuesday, Newman and Bruning read the roughly 300 pieces addressed to Manning in a given week, determining which ones he will want to see. Autograph requests go in one pile. Double-dippers are discarded. Heartfelt letters are marked read in red pen. Manning reviews them over lunch in the office Newman and Bruning share. The notes that move him, or that entertain him, he takes home. He has installed a hospital tray next to his bed -- "My wife finds it very attractive," he says -- so he can work there without craning his neck. He uses the tray to watch video on his iPad, an upgrade from the Beta. But he often pulls out the stationery instead and writes.

                            To Charlie Johnson, a 63-year-old in Indiana nervous about neck-fusion surgery: "My neck pain went away immediately after my surgery. I believe you will be able to resume your normal activities rather quickly. I took it slow on doctors' orders, but I felt better right away. I can't give you a definite time frame. I would encourage you to be patient to avoid any setbacks. But you should be back lifting soon. Good luck and health."

                            To Jack Benson, an eight-year-old in California with cancer: "I just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your cousin, Skip Hanke, wrote to me and told me of the tough fight you are having. You have a lot of people pulling for you. I am glad to know you are a Bronco fan! Keep fighting, stay positive, and say your prayers."

                            To Clint Taylor, a high school quarterback in Texas who broke his leg: "I just wanted to encourage you to keep working hard and keep the faith. I have read your blog and I can tell you that your positive attitude and your strong work ethic will take you a long way. Keep it up."

                            To Chris Harris, widow of David Harris, a pastor in Arkansas who was killed in a car accident along with his granddaughter Maci: "I am sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. 'Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted' (Matthew 5:4). I learned that Pastor Harris was an avid Colts fan and had an autographed picture of me in his office. I read an article about Pastor Harris, and I can tell he was very special. Maci sounded very special as well. I am proud that he was a fan of mine. May God's peace be with you."

                            To Shannon West, who married Bill Sydlowski in New Jersey this summer: "Best wishes to you on your wedding day. I wish you eternal happiness. Your dad says that you are a fan of mine (he said commercials, maybe football too?). I appreciate your support. I can tell that he is very proud of you. All my best to you and Bill."

                            Manning keeps a list of those he has contacted, with descriptions of the correspondence on the back of the their envelopes. "Letter from a woman whose best friend had cancer and is a big fan. . . . Husband has MS and they are naming their first born Peyton. . . . Sick man. Call ASAP." Sometimes, instead of a note, he picks up the phone on the 25‑minute drive home after practice. "I cold-call them," he says. "I block my number, and they don't answer, so then you have to call back at night. They think it's a prank call, but after that, you just take a moment and listen. I've always done that, but it is a little different this year." Many of the voices on the other end are struggling with neck injuries. "I have to be careful about giving medical advice," Manning says, "but these people are hurting and I was able to overcome the same thing. I tell them, 'These are my symptoms. These are the doctors I saw.' " He asks Antonopulos, the Broncos' trainer, for guidance. "If someone is from Texas, he will give me a doctor in Dallas."

                            http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/spo...tsman-2013#all

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                              Manning really is all that he personifies professionalism

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