- Ben Goessling, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's been a good day for Peyton Manning in ESPN's NFL Nation Confidential survey. The Broncos quarterback, who will play in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday and is an overwhelming favorite to claim his NFL-record fifth MVP award next month, was the winner in two categories. ESPN surveyed more than 320 players, who named Manning the player they'd start a franchise with and the player they respect the most.
Manning got votes in the Vikings' locker room for both awards, but was named by more Vikings players in the most-respected category than he was in the franchise player category. He claimed four of the 10 votes, largely from players who cited his consistency over the course of a 16-year career. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the only other player to get more than one vote from the Vikings, with other players splitting among a handful of other choices.
The Broncos quarterback won in a runaway, claiming 86 votes around the league, but once again, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson fared well in the vote. He tied with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for second place, with 24 players naming Peterson the player they respect most. Players were not allowed to vote for their teammates, so all 24 of those votes came from outside the Vikings' locker room.