On Tuesday, quarterback Peyton Manning was named the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the year, along with Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Missy Franklin. The selection committee named Manning the professional athlete of the year and Franklin the amateur athlete of the year.
Manning, a FedEx Player of the Year nominee, took home Colorado’s professional athlete of the year award after a year in which he broke nearly every single-season passing record for the Broncos.
Manning finished 2012 – his first year as a Bronco — with 4,659 yards on 400-of-583 passing for 37 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. His team records were in touchdown passes, completions, passing yards and completion percentage (68.6). His season passer rating of 105.9 was also a team record. He led the Broncos to 11 straight wins and a 13-3 seed, locking up the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
Franklin has won her second straight Amateur Athlete of the Year honor in Colorado and is a four-time Olympic gold medalist. She won a total of five swimming medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games where she swept the women’s backstroke events, winning gold in both the 100-meter and 200-meter events. She also won gold medals in the 4×200-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter medley relays, and a bronze medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.
The senior at Regis Jesuit High School was initially honored by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame as the Prep Athlete of the Year in 2010 before capturing the top amateur honor in 2011 for her performance in world championships.
Manning and Franklin will be honored at a banquet on April 18 along with the newest Colorado Sports Hall of Fame inductees Steve Atwater, Don Baylor, Don Cockroft, Adam Foote, Steve Jones and Stan Williams. The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 was selected this past October.