Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning waves as he leaves the field after the Colts' 23-0 win over the Tennessee Titans in an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. Manning threw for 95 yards to put him over 4,000 yards for the ninth time in his 11 seasons. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
NEW YORK (AP) - Peyton Manning has joined Brett Favre as the only three-time winners of The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Indianapolis Colts quarterback was a landslide winner Friday in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL. Manning also was the league MVP in 2003, when he shared it with Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair, and in 2004.
Favre, then with Green Bay, took MVP honors in 1995 and '96 before sharing it with Detroit running back Barry Sanders in 1997.
Manning received 32 votes, far ahead of Miami quarterback Chad Pennington and Atlanta running back Michael Turner.