Colts QB Manning named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

Updated: February 3, 2006, 3:34 PM ET

DETROIT - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning on Friday was named the winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Connie Payton, the wife of the late Walter Payton, presented Manning with the award at a morning news conference.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, named after the legendary running back of the Chicago Bears, is the only NFL award that recognizes off-the-field community service as well as playing excellence.

"This award is one I'll cherish forever in part for the man it's named after and in part because it represents community service," Manning said. "With the great advantages of being an NFL quarterback comes great responsibility to make a difference in the community."

A two-time MVP, Manning established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to help disadvantaged youth build a successful future for themselves. PeyBack accomplishes the mission through helping establish community-based programs provide fundamental leadership and growth opportunities for kids.

The foundation focuses efforts on three states - Indianapolis, Tennessee and Louisiana - and donated more than $900,000 to youth organizations.

A six-time Pro Bowler, Manning and his brother - Eli Manning of the New York Giants - helped bring food and supplies to those who were left homeless by the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

"That hurt was real and personal because me and my brother grew up in Louisiana," Peyton Manning said. "We knew those streets, neighborhoods and businesses and felt compelled to do something."

Manning joined an esteemed list of past winners that includes quarterbacks Dan Marino, John Elway and Troy Aikman, running backs Jerome Bettis and Warrick Dunn and linebacker Derrick Brooks.

Manning has spent his entire eight-year career with the Colts. He led the league with a passer rating of 104.1 this past season, completing 67 percent of his passes for 3,747 yards and 28 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

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