John Elway and Dan Marino Proclaim Peyton Manning's 2013 Season to be the Greatest of All-Time

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM

While accepting the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year award on behalf of Manning at the 2014 NFL Honors award ceremony, John Elway expressed his thoughts regarding his quarterback's 2013 campaign.

"I can tell you that, having played the position, I can say that I have not ever seen a better year played by a quarterback in the history of this game, than was played this year by Peyton Manning." -John Elway

While presenting Peyton Manning with the 2014 ESPY award for "Best Record Breaking Performance", Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino proclaimed Manning's 2013 season to be the greatest in NFL history.

"So tonight, for Kevin (Durant) and I, It's an honor to introduce the 2014 ESPY winner for best Record Breaking Performance—not just for one record, but for the best season any quarterback has ever had." -Dan Marino

A few notes regarding Manning's 2013 MVP season:

  • Manning's 55 touchdown passes were as far ahead of second place in 2013 (Brees, 39) as Marino's 48 were from second place in 1984 (32, Krieg).
  • Manning became the first quarterback since Marino in 1984 to break both the all-time passing touchdown and passing yardage records in the same season.
  • The 2013 Broncos 22nd ranked scoring defense was the worst in NFL history to ever support a league MVP, and the worst to ever win 13 or more games.
  • In 2013, Manning earned his 7th AP First-Team All-Pro selection—the second best total since the 1970 merger is three (Montana, Marino, Young, Favre).
  • In 2013, Manning's Broncos had four players with ten or more touchdown receptions—breaking the record of three, set by Manning's Colts in 2004.

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