Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning acquired his third Most Valuable Player award Friday afternoon, tying Brett Favre at three MVPs (Manning won back-to-back MVPs in 2003 and 2004 respectively).
Does it make sense? Yes. And I’ll tell you why. First, let’s explain the word valuable. How are you supposed to fathom the eight lettered word? Here’s a simple, concise defintion.
valuable: Of great importance, use, or service: valuable information; valuable advice.
Peyton was awful for the first four games, overcame an injury and had six above average games, and for the last six he turned on the ‘on’ switch and tore up the league like the way a fat guy can tear down a Wendy’s Baconator. Without Manning, the Colts would have been simply putrid. I doubt they would have even won four or five games. The reason simply being the lack of production by Joseph Addai or Dominic Rhodes. The lack of a running game was the Colts’ Achilles heel in 2008. However, Manning provided a spark that transcended the team to taste the nectar that is sweet but good — a legit title contender in the playoffs.
Adrian Peterson: his offensive line should have collectively won the NFL MVP award. If only we could see the Rams’ Steven Jackson behind a line as venerable as Peterson’s. But I digress.
Chad Pennington: Coming to Miami and putting up solid numbers (generally speaking, he didn’t turn the ball over and he made smart passes, opposing the interception-incurring Brett Favre that’s up north with his old team, the Jets) spoke levels of veneration. However, this was a comeback, considering Pennington was benched by former Jets coach Eric Mangini for the likes of Kellen Clemens in 2007.
Phillip Rivers: I didn’t watch the Chargers much this season (don’t reply in comments saying, “Oh, I read that portion of your article and figured you were an idiot! Ha ha!” because that will expose you as a phony), but I do know this: they play in the AFC Worst (yes, intentional), and they were mediocre, except Rivers had a couple of great games at the end of the year that propelled San Diego to four consecutive wins to get to the playoffs. That all came along not without help, though, as the Denver Broncos choked away three games to meet their demise by giving up 52 points to San Diego in the AFC Worst championship game.
Drew Brees: When you’re Drew Brees and you’re playing in New Orleans, you’re kinda valuable (notice that’s like the opposite of a hyperbole, maybe a dejecting synonym for it), but you play in a pass happy offense with a electic source of receivers. Look, Brees could have gotten the MVP. . . if the Saints had a competent enough defense that would have elevated the team to a playoff level. The team didn’t make the playoffs, and MVPs tend to carry their teams to the playoffs. Let’s also look at the games Brees had erratic passes in. You see, Manning had an excuse: injuries. What’s Brees’ excuse?
Kurt Warner: Playing a combined six games against the pass defenses of St. Louis, Seattle and San Francisco helps your stats become grossly high, like the way BBQ ribs from Chili’s are grossly high in fat, and when you’re Kurt Warner, in an offense that features Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, you tend to put up some inflated stats.
James Harrison: I hate the Steelers. In other news, Gran Torino — featuring Clint Eastwood — is a kick ass movie! Watch it now!
While Peyton Manning doesn’t seem logical at the forefront, you can get technical. Quit looking at stats and look at how the man plays and what he has done this season to garner awards. If there was a game that convinced most sportswriters to vote for him, it was the week 16 game against Jacksonville, a game in which Manning put up invincible stats, near flawless.
There you have it — give it up for Mr. Manning.