The honor went to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, but King said Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was among those considered.
Ortiz was the MVP of the World Series, but also the face of the Red Sox as they rebounded from a pair of dismal seasons in 2011 and 2012. His inspirational speech at the Red Sox' first home game after the Boston Marathon bombings helped Boston's healing process, and his dugout pep-talk during the World Series made it crystal clear who was the team's leader.
Mariano Rivera of the Yankees was also considered, King said.
"[Manning] wins it in the midst of the greatest individual season of his career. At age 37, two years after four neck procedures put his career in serious doubt," King said.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer