Manning Named First-Team Associated Press All-Pro
INDIANAPOLIS – A postseason of honors continued Friday for Peyton Manning.
Manning, the Colts' nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback, on Friday afternoon was named the Associated Press' first-team All-Pro quarterback, the fourth time he has been named first team on one of the NFL's most-prestigious postseason teams.
Manning last week was named the Associated Press' NFL Most Valuable Player for the third time, joining Brett Favre as the league's only three-time MVPs.
Manning, who last month was voted to start for the AFC in the Pro Bowl, on Tuesday was named the 2008 NFL Player of the Year at the quarterback position by the NFL Alumni.
After missing training camp and preseason after undergoing knee surgery in July, Manning began the season by throwing 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions in the first seven games.
At the time, the Colts were 3-4, were under .500 after seven games for the first time since 1998 and had just lost back-to-back road games by double digits for the first time since Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy's 2002 arrival.
In nine regular-season games thereafter, Manning – who was named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week three times this season – completed 209 of 290 passes for 2,153 yards and 17 touchdowns with three interceptions. The Colts won all nine games, beating three division champions – Pittsburgh, San Diego and Tennessee – and also beating New England, which finished 11-5.
In the last nine games, he had eight games with a passer rating over 90 and in December, he completed 90 of 110 passes for 1,054 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions. Manning finished the season having completed 371 of 555 passes for 4,002 yards and 27 touchdowns with 12 interceptions for a 95.0 passer rating, his sixth consecutive season with a rating of 95.0 or better.
Manning's 27 touchdown passes went to seven different receivers, with wide receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark catching six touchdowns, wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez catching four and wide receiver Marvin Harrison catching five.