ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning stacking an assortment of career-best totals this season, at age 37 and in his 16th year in the NFL, Sports Illustrated editor Chris Stone said Monday that there was a "very strong consensus for Peyton" as the magazine’s Sportsman of the Year for 2013.
Manning was set to formally be presented with the award at an event Monday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Manning, Stone said, was chosen as the 60th winner of the award because of his performance on the field over the past year, his comeback from four neck surgeries and the "emotional connection he’s established with each of the fanbases" at the University of Tennessee, Indianapolis and now Denver.
Stone said Mariano Rivera, who retired earlier this year from the New York Yankees and World Series hero David Ortiz were also among those strongly considered for the award.
"There couldn’t be a more deserving guy," said Broncos head coach John Fox.
It could also be the start of quite the award season for Manning, who has 47 touchdown passes to go with 4,811 passing yards with two games remaining in the regular season. Manning is in line for what could be an NFL record fifth MVP award, a 13th Pro Bowl selection and a shot at his third Super Bowl appearance.