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Peyton Manning earns respect

Panel of peers adds to awards he's amassing like so many touchdowns

Originally Published: January 5, 2014
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

This wasn't even close.

It isn't a slap at Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, London Fletcher or the 78 others who received a vote from a panel of 320 players asked to name the most respected player in the NFL. Those men are worthy. Those men work hard. Those men have talent. Those men are leaders.

But Peyton Manning set the bar.

Manning won in a landslide, collecting 27 percent of the vote. His 86 votes dwarfed the 24 votes received by ...

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