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Peyton Manning

Surprise, surprise: Peyton Manning was named the NFL’s MVP for the recently-ended 2008 season. The Colts quarterback won the award in a landslide, netting 32 of the 50 votes. This means the rest of the NFL had 18 votes to split between them. Advantage, Manning. Chad Pennington and Michael Turner finished a distant second with four votes each.

It’s the third such award for Manning, making him only the second player in NFL history to win the MVP three times. The other player to do so is the much-loved Brett Favre.

So much for my DeAngelo Williams idea. The Carolina running back received exactly zero votes. I guess 1500 yards and 18 touchdowns doesn’t mean as much as it used to. Either that, or Williams’ regular season performance has been completely and criminally overlooked.

Evidently, 12-4 records to go with such gaudy rushing statistics don’t mean much either.