In a season with Andrew Luck breaking Indianapolis Colts rookie records and Robert Griffin III being praised for his play, Peyton Manning has made a comeback like no other. So much so, that he has earned himself strong consideration for his fifth MVP award.
However, even though Tebow engineered fourth quarter comebacks and helped the team reach the postseason, the team was still looking to lock up the quarterback position with a solid player who could bring the Broncos back to their competitive ways.
Peyton Manning, who sat out the 2011 season due to neck surgery, was released by the Colts on March 7, 2012 which then led to a slew of teams having interest in the future Hall of Famer.
Eventually, Manning signed a five-year deal with the Broncos and went into Denver with high hopes from the team and fans to be the key puzzle piece for Denver to reach the top of the AFC West.
Manning embraced the expectations and has led the Broncos to a current 8-3 record and first place atop the AFC West.
This season, Manning has thrown for 3,260 yards and has completed 67.7 percent of his passes. Also, Manning has posted his personal best quarterback rating of his career at 104.8.
Analysts and critics who were questioning Manning's arm strength and weary of him returning to form were quickly silenced, as Manning has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon and has been the most integral part of the Broncos recent success.
There is no questioning Manning's play and his recent success after coming back from serious neck surgery that led to so many people to question his future in the NFL, and there is also no questioning what he means to the Denver Broncos.
Already, Denver has matched their 2011 win total at eight games, and with five games left in the season, that total will almost certainly go up.
In doing so, Denver will qualify for the playoffs for the second year in a row and this time, with Peyton Manning calling the shots, they have a chance to make a deep run.
Bottom line, Peyton Manning is the main reason, if not the only reason, the Denver Broncos are in the position they're in currently. With Manning as the signal caller, the Broncos have become as competitive as they've been since the 2005 season.
From serious neck surgery, to his original team releasing him all the way to becoming the reason the Denver Broncos look like a different team in a matter of a year, Peyton Manning has surely earned himself the Most Valuable Player award.