PEYTON'S COMEBACK

PEYTON'S COMEBACK
February 2, 2013, 8:42 pm
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2012, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) reacts as he runs off the field after the Broncos defeated the New Orleans Saints 34-14 in an NFL football game in Denver. Manning won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Comback Player of the Year award on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

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NFL fans everywhere wondered if Peyton Manning could come back from four neck surgeries after 13 years in Indianapolis without missing a game.

Now he's AP's 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Manning sat out 2011, then made Denver one of the league's top teams, guiding the Broncos to the AFC's best record at 13-3.

Manning received 31 1/2 votes Saturday from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. He easily beat Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who got 17 1/2 votes.

- Barry Wilner

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