NFL MVP 2003 ,2004, 2008, 2009
Best NFL Player ESPY Award 2004, 2005
12× Pro Bowl 1999–2000, 2002–2010, 2012
6× First-team All-Pro 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012
3× Second-team All-Pro 1999, 2000, 2006
2× Bert Bell Award 2003, 2004
7× AFC Offensive Player of the Year Awards 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012
1998 NFL All-Rookie First Team
2004 AFC Offensive Player of the Year
2004 Fedex Express Player of the Year
2005 Best Record-Breaking Performance ESPY Award
2005 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
2005 Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award
2005 Pro Bowl MVP
2007 Super Bowl MVP
2007 Best Championship Performance ESPY Award
2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
Additionally, Manning has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month six times (9/2003, 11/2004, 10/2006, 9/2009, 9/2013, 12/2013) and Offensive Player of the Week on 24 occasions (23 AFC, 1 NFL/playoff).
Manning holds a number of individual career records:
Most seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards: 13 (1999–2004, 2006–2010, 2012–2013)
Most passing yards, season: 5477 (2013)
Most games with 40+ pass attempts in a season: 10 (2010)
Most consecutive seasons with at least 20 touchdown passes: 13 (1998–2010)
Most consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes: 13 (1998–2010)
Most games with a perfect passer rating, career: 4 (includes 1 playoff game)
Most consecutive games started to open a career: 208
Most touchdown passes, season: 55 (2013)
Most consecutive games with at least 2 touchdown passes: 13 (games 1–13, 2004)
Most consecutive games with at least 4 touchdown passes: 5 (games 7–11, 2004)
Most games with at least 4 touchdown passes, season: 8 (2013)
Most regular season games with at least 4 touchdown passes, career: 25
Most games with at least 5 touchdown passes, career: 8 (includes 1 playoff game)
Most games with at least 5 touchdown passes and no interceptions, career: 5
One of only seven QBs with at least 6 touchdown passes in two games (tied with Sammy Baugh, Y. A. Tittle, Daryle Lamonica, Tom Brady, Charley Johnson and George Blanda)
One of only two QBs with at least 6 touchdown passes and no interceptions in two games (tied with Tom Brady)
One of only seven QBs with at least 7 touchdown passes, game (tied with Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle, Joe Kapp and Nick Foles)
One of only three QBs with at least 7 touchdown passes and no interceptions, game (tied with Y.A. Tittle and Nick Foles)
Most regular season games with at least 300 passing yards: 84
Most regular and postseason games with at least 300 passing yards: 92
Most games with at least 400 yards passing and no interceptions: 6
Most career touchdown passes in Thursday games: 32
Most touchdown passes on a Thursday game: 7
Largest career TD-INT differential: 272
Highest career passing TDs/game average (min. 150 TD passes): 2.046 TDs/game
Second-Highest career passing yards/game average: 263.6 (Drew Brees, 263.7)
Second-Highest career completions/game average (min. 100 games played): 22.5 (Drew Brees, 23.4)
Highest completion percentage by a QB in one month in NFL history (min. 75 attempts): 81.8% (December 2008)
Most career games with a completion percentage of 70% or higher (min. 10 attempts): 66
Most consecutive regular season wins as a starter: 23 (2008–2009)
Most seasons with 10+ wins as a starter (regular season only): 13 (1999–2000, 2002–2010, 2012–2013)
Most seasons with 12+ wins as a starter (regular season only): 10 (1999, 2003–2009, 2012-2013)
Only QB with seven straight seasons of 12+ wins as a starter(2003–2009)
Only QB with nine straight seasons of 10+ wins as a starter (2002–2010)
Only QB to lead five consecutive 4th quarter comeback wins (games 7–11, 2009)
Most fourth quarter comeback wins in one season: 7 (2009)
First QB to defeat the other 31 teams in the regular season (Tom Brady did this later the same day, and Brett Favre did it the following week)
Most wins as a starting QB in a decade, regular season only: 115 (2000s)
Most wins as a starting QB in a decade, regular & postseason: 124 (2000s)
Most AP NFL MVP Awards: 4 (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009)
Most Touchdown Passes in a decade: 314 (2000–2009)
Most Passing Yards in a decade: 42,254 (2000–2009)
Most Completions in a decade: 3,575 (2000–2009)
Most 300+ yard passing games: 8
Most yards passing, 1st half of game: 360 vs. Denver Broncos, 1/9/05
Led the biggest comeback in conference championship game history (18 pts), 1/21/07 vs. New England
One of only four QBs to post a perfect 158.3 passer rating in a game (Don Meredith, Terry Bradshaw, Dave Krieg)
Most games with 20+ completions: 14 (surpassed by Tom Brady in 2011)
Most games with 30+ completions: 4 (surpassed by Drew Brees in 2011)
Most games with 30+ attempts: 17
Most games with 40+ attempts: 8 (tied by Tom Brady in 2011)
Most completions and attempts in a single postseason: 97/153 (2006)
One of only 2 quarterbacks to complete 80% of his passes in two playoff games (tied with Kurt Warner)
Most consecutive postseasons with at least one start: 9 (2002–2010)
Most playoff losses by a quarterback: 11 (Tied with Brett Favre)
Most first-round postseason losses by a quarterback: 8
Most touchdown passes: 26 (tied by Russell Wilson in 2012)
Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (games 4–16): 13
Most games with at least one touchdown pass: 15
Most games with 300+ yards passing: 4
With Marvin Harrison
Manning and former Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison hold a number of QB-WR tandem records:
Most completions/receptions (career): 953
Most passing/receiving yards (career): 12,756
Most passing/receiving touchdowns (career): 112
Most completions/receptions in a season, QB-to-WR duo: 143 (2002)
Most passing/receiving yards in a season, QB-to-WR duo: 1,722 (2002)
Pro Bowl records
Most Pro Bowl selections for a QB: 13
Most consecutive Pro Bowl selections for a QB: 9 (during the 2002–2010 seasons)
Most passing attempts (career): 150
Most passing attempts (game): 41 (2004)
Most completions (career): 92
Most completions (game): 22 (2004)
Most passing yards (career): 1,278
Most passing yards (game): 342 (2004)
Most passing touchdowns (career): 13
Colts franchise records
Most passing attempts (career): 7,210
Most passing attempts (season): 679 (2010)
Most passing attempts (rookie season): 575 (1998)
Most 40+ passing attempt games (career): 56
Most completions (career): 4,682
Most completions (season): 450 (2010)
Most completions (rookie season): 326 (1998)
Most completions (game): 40 (09/12/10 at Houston)
Most completions (rookie game): 30 (11/01/98 vs. New England)
Most consecutive completions: 23 (12/14/08-12/18/08 vs. Detroit/Jacksonville
Most games with 20+ completions (career): 140
Most consecutive games with 20+ completions: 14 (games 1–14, 2010)
Most games with 30+ completions (career): 23
Highest completion percentage (career): 64.9%
Highest completion percentage (season): 68.8% (2009)
Highest completion percentage (rookie season): 56.7%
Highest completion percentage (game): 87.5% (14/16 for 95 yards, 12/30/07 vs. Tennessee)
Most passing yards (career): 54,828
Most passing yards (season): 4,700 (2010)
Most passing yards (rookie season): 3,739
Most passing yards (game): 472 (10/31/04 vs. Kansas City
Most 300+ passing yard games (career): 63
Most 300+ passing yard games (season): 9 (2009)
Most 300+ passing yard games (rookie season): 4
Most consecutive passing 300+ yard games: 5 (games 1–5 in 2009)
Most seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards : 11 (1999–2004, 2006–2010)
Most consecutive seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards (1999–2004)
Most touchdown passes (career): 399
Most touchdown passes (season): 49 (2004)
Most touchdown passes (rookie season): 26
Most touchdown passes (game): 6 (09/28/03 vs. New Orleans and 11/25/04 vs. Detroit
Most touchdown passes (rookie game): 3 (4 times; tied with Johnny Unitas and Jeff George)
Most games with at least 4 touchdown passes (career): 22
Most games with at least 4 touchdown passes (season, 2004): 6
Most games with at least 3 touchdown passes (career): 64
Most games with at least 1 touchdown pass (season): 15 (5 times)
Most games with at least 1 touchdown pass (rookie season): 15 (1998)
Most consecutive uninterrupted games with at least 1 touchdown pass: 27
Most consecutive games with at least 4 touchdown passes (games 7–11, 2004): 5 (2004)
Most consecutive games with at least 3 touchdown passes: 8 (games 5–12, 2004)
Most consecutive games with at least 2 touchdown passes: 13 (games 1–13, 2004)
Most consecutive games with at least 1 touchdown pass (rookie season): 13 (games 4–16)
Most consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes: 13 (1998–2010)
Highest touchdown percentage (career): 5.66%
Highest touchdown percentage (season): 9.86% (2004)
Highest touchdown percentage (game): 24.00% (09/28/03 vs. New Orleans)
Most interceptions thrown (game): 6 (11/11/07 vs. San Diego)
Most interceptions thrown (season): 28 (1998)
Highest passer rating (career): 94.9
Highest passer rating (season): 121.1 (2004)
Most games with a perfect passer rating (career): 4 (includes 1 playoff game)
Most consecutive games started to open a career by a quarterback: 208 (current)
Most games played, franchise history: 208
Most consecutive games started, franchise history: 208 (current)
Most comeback wins in the 4th quarter (career): 35 (includes one playoff game)
Most comeback wins in the 4th quarter (season): 7 (2009)
Most game-winning drives in the 4th quarter/overtime (career): 46 (includes one playoff game)
Most game-winning drives in the 4th quarter/overtime (season): 7 (1999, 2008, 2009)
Broncos franchise records
Highest completion percentage (season): 68.6% (2012)
Most completions (season): 450 (2013)
Most passing yards (season): 5,477 (2013)
Most 300+ passing yard games (season): 12 (2013)
Most 400+ passing yard games (season): 3 (2013)
Most touchdown passes (game): 7 (September 5, 2013 vs. Baltimore Ravens)
Most touchdown passes (season): 55 (2013)
Highest passer rating (season): 115.1 (2013)
Most touchdown passes without an interception (game): 7 (September 5, 2013 vs. Baltimore Ravens)
Peyton Manning has had arguably the best season by a quarterback in NFL history, which is why his name should be on most, if not all of those ballots. Here's a look at a few NFL records Manning tied or broke in 2013. Keep in mind, most players don't tie or break any records.
NFL single-season record for touchdown passes: 55. Manning threw seven touchdown passes in Week 1 and was immediately on pace to break Tom Brady's record of 50 touchdown passes set in 2007. If there's one record that guarantees someone an MVP award, it's the touchdown pass record. Since 1963, any player that has tied or broken the single-season touchdown pass record has gone on to win the MVP award. Manning's seven touchdown performance in Week 1 put him on top of the first MVP projection where he stayed the entire season. For the record, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was No. 2 on the first week's projection. He also ended up having a pretty good season.
NFL single-season record for passing yards: 5,477. Manning beat Drew Brees' old record by one yard and he had to sweat it out before the record was officially his. The NFL had to review a play in the Broncos season-finale that could have been ruled a lateral and therefore it would go in the box score as a run and not a pass. The play was ruled a pass, Manning got to keep the seven-yards that came with it and the NFL record. Manning's 5,477 passing yards are almost as impressive as his 55 touchdown passes and that's mainly because Manning had never come anywhere close to throwing for 5,477 yards in his career. Before 2013, Manning had never thrown for even 5,000 yards in a season, his previous career-high was 4,700 yards in 2010.
NFL record for most points in a season: 606. Manning threw a lot of touchdown passes in 2013, which means the Broncos scored a lot of points. Denver didn't just score a lot of points either, they scored the most points of any team in NFL history. Manning and the Broncos scored 606 points this year, breaking New England's record of 589 points set in 2007.
NFL record for most games with four or more touchdown passes in a season: 9. Tom Brady's touchdown pass record wasn't the only record Manning smashed this year, he also smashed this record. Manning threw four or more touchdown passes in nine games this season breaking Dan Marino's record of six games (1984). That's right, before 2013, no quarterback had ever thrown four or more touchdown passes seven times in a season, Manning did it nine times.
T-NFL record for most games with 400 or more passing yards in a season: 4. Manning hit or went over the 400-yard mark four times this season, tying Marino's record, which the former Dolphins quarterback set in 1984. Manning's season may have been more impressive though because he almost hit the 400-yard mark in two other games, throwing for 397-yards against Tennessee and 386-yards against the Colts. In 1984, Marino went over 400-yards four times, but other than those four games, he never threw for more than 340 yards, something Manning did a total of eight times in 2013.
Manning and Marino are friends, so all of this record-breaking is OK:
T-NFL record for most 50-point games in a season: 3. The Broncos put up 50 points or more in three games this season, something that's only been done by four other teams in NFL history. The Broncos are in good company too. The 1969 Vikings did it and made it to the Super Bowl. The 1966 Cowboys scored 50 or more points three times and made it to the conference championship game. The 1950 Rams went over 50 points three times and made the title game. Now the bad news: The 1950 Giants lost in the first round of the playoffs and none of the four other teams won an NFL title.
Record 5th NFL MVP Award
Manning will become the first QB to ever win a Superbowl with 2 different teams
13th Pro Bowl selection
With that in mind, let's take a look at a handful of records Manning is poised to break before his storied career comes to a close.
#1 Career Attempts
In 221 career games, Peyton Manning has attempted 7,693 passes—an average of almost 35 attempts per game.
There are only two other quarterbacks in the history of the NFL with more attempts than Manning: Brett Favre with 10,169 and Dan Marino with 8,358.
If Manning continues to pass the ball 35 times a game, he'll need to play in 72 more games to break Favre's record. That equals four-and-a-half more seasons, meaning he'll need to play until he's 41.
#2 Career Completions
Only one quarterback has more career completions than Manning, and it's none other than Brett Favre, who has 6,300.
With 1,288 completions left to catch Favre, Manning will need to hit his average for 57 more games, or just over three-and-a-half years.
As long as Manning can stay healthy, he's going to easily break this record.
#3 Career Passing Yards
Peyton Manning has amassed 61,671 yards in 221 games—an average of 279 yards per game.
At his current pace, Manning only needs 37 games to break Favre's record.
#4 Career Passing Touchdowns
Brett Favre has the all-time record with 508 career touchdown passes—a mark that seems out of reach.
But when you consider that Peyton Manning already has 429 touchdown passes at an average of 1.94 per game, this means Manning only needs to hit his average for 41 more games and he's the new record-holder.
#5 Career Game-Winning Drives
Dan Marino has the current record for game-winning drives with 51.
Peyton Manning is only two behind Marino with 49, and given his track record for pulling off miracles, he's going to break that record soon enough.
#6 Bonus: Career 4th Quarter Comebacks
Peyton Manning doesn't have to break this record because he already owns it.
No quarterback in the history of the NFL has more fourth quarter comeback victories than Manning, who has engineered 38 of them in his career.
Manning's intelligence, determination and ability to make every throw on any given play allowed him to bring his team back to win games, and his fierce competitive nature was and still is a force to be reckoned with every single week.
He is the greatest quarterback who has ever lived, and by the time he's finished, he'll have the records to prove it.