ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month.
Manning earned the award on Thursday from the NFL. It was another record for the quarterback since it is the eighth time he has been awarded the honor during his career.
This is the fourth time Manning has been honored as a Denver Bronco, and the second time this season.
He also earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors for September 2013.
Manning also set other records for his 16-year career and in NFL history that included NFL single-season records for touchdowns and passing yards in the final two games of the regular season.
Manning broke Tom Brady’s NFL record of 50 touchdown passes in a single game in a 37-13 victory over the Texans when he threw his 51st touchdown pass to tight end Julius Thomas late in the fourth quarter.
“It was great, to see a guy that’s worked as hard as he has throughout his career and I know for a fact – the two seasons we’ve had him, almost two complete seasons – pretty remarkable and pretty exciting to be around,” Head Coach John Fox said of Manning after the quarterback set the NFL single-season touchdowns record against the Texans. “To see a guy that goes about his business like he does get rewarded with success – very humble.”\
One week later, Manning broke Drew Brees’ single-season passing yardage record, throwing for 266 yards in the first half of the Broncos’ 34-14 win over the Raiders in their regular-season finale to bring his 2013 passing yardage total to an all-time best 5,477 yards.
“It is always rewarding when you put hard work in and you can reap those benefits with winning games, a two-minute touchdown drive, a fourth-down conversion, whatever that may be,” Manning said after the Broncos’ Week 17 win. “It makes you feel like it was worth putting that work and sacrifice in. I definitely feel like a lot of players feel that way through all that has occurred this season.”
For the month of December, Manning completed 145-of-214 passes for 1,755 yards and 19 touchdowns against just three interceptions. He threw for four-or-more touchdowns in all but one game, leading the Broncos to a 4-1 record in that span.