After a career day in Week 5, Peyton Manning has taken home the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week award.
As the Broncos bested the Cardinals 41-20, Peyton Manning was one of a handful of players on the team to set personal records and other milestones. Manning's 479 yards was a single-game career high in his 17th year in the NFL. With four touchdowns on the afternoon, he also became the second quarterback to eclipse 500 total passing touchdowns, and with this as his 13th career 400-yard passing game, he tied Dan Marino for the most of those in history.
Even with those impressive numbers and career accomplishments, Manning still prefers to away from focusing on individual accomplishments.
"Throwing touchdowns is a part of playing football, but I guess for me, I feel like throwing touchdowns has helped the teams I've been on win a lot of football games. I don't think I've thrown a lot of touchdowns that didn't mean something," Manning said after the game on Sunday. "Yeah, I don't have any type of individual goals like that. Anything that comes along the way – obviously it was a festive locker room right there because we won a big ball game against a good football team. So anything that comes along the way, I really accept it on behalf of a number of players."
With that exceptional game, he not only helped the Broncos in a big way toward winning the game, but he also helped wide receiver Demaryius Thomas have a career day, as well. Thomas caught eight of Manning's passes for a total of 226 yards, including two touchdowns.
Manning won the award four times last season, as well as the 2013 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year.