Peyton Manning became the first player to win The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player honors four times.
The Colts quarterback romped to the award in balloting by 50 sportswriters and broadcasters announced yesterday.
He received 39 1/2 votes to 7 1/2 for Drew Brees of the Saints. Only four players - all quarterbacks - earned votes. The other two were Philip Rivers of the Chargers (2) and Brett Favre of the Vikings (1).
Manning also won in 2003, 2004, and 2008, breaking a tie with Favre at three MVPs.
“I’m very humbled and grateful to be honored with this award and I really feel like it is a reflection of our team,’’ said Manning, who guided the Colts to a 14-0 start.
Manning, 33, threw for 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns this season.
The Seahawks still do not have an agreement despite widespread reports, but are closing in on a coaching contract, according to a league official with direct knowledge of Seattle’s search.
The official told AP the team is in “discussions’’ with Carroll and does not plan on giving him the additional title of president. The official added the Seahawks will hire a general manager and coach separately.
A young, marvelously talented quarterback, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, is in his first playoff game. Meanwhile, Arizona’s Kurt Warner, at 38 a master of the postseason, plays his 12th.
The Packers (11-5) have won seven of their last eight, the lone loss a last-second heartbreaker to Pittsburgh. But NFC West champion Arizona (10-6) is a better team than the one that made its stunning Super Bowl run a year ago, Warner said.
Green Bay beat Arizona, 33-7, a week ago in a largely meaningless regular-season finale.