Just prior to the start of the 2014 NFL Playoffs this weekend, the league announced the final voting for this year’s All-Pro team. Both the first and second team all looked just about right, maybe aside from Matt Forte being snubbed in favor of Eddie Lacy. However, the quarterbacks voted in may have sent a stronger message than intended.
Here is the list of quarterbacks that were voted to the 2014 NFL All-Pro team:
First team: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Second team: None
Nope, not even Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady or Andy Dalton made the list — guys that very well could have based on being tops in the league next to Manning in yardage and touchdowns.
The fact that no other quarterback was voted onto the first or second team means that Manning was the obvious and unanimous choice. It proves his historic season with the Broncos will go down as the single-best season any quarterback has ever had in the history of the game.
It also proves that this year, of course, Manning will run away with the MVP award. Manning set an NFL record for just about anything and everything he could have set a record for in 2013. Here is a list of the achievements Manning compiled this season:
Passing touchdowns (season): 55
Passing yards (season): 5,477
4-Touchdown games (season): Nine
2-Touchdown games (season): 15
90-Plus passer rating in a game (season): 15
Manning also set team records in: Completions, attempts, passer rating, interception percentage (career), most consecutive games with a touchdown pass, completion percentage (game), career winning percentage and passing attempts in a game.
I said earlier this season that, at some point, folks were just making up records that Manning had broken in 2013. At least, it sure felt that way. Manning deserved to be the sole quarterback voted onto the All-Pro team this year and is more than deserving of the MVP honors.
The only question now, is, will he walk away with another Super Bowl ring come February?