Denver Broncos Peyton Manning, Trindon Holliday named AFC Players of the Month
First time two Broncos earned honor in same month
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and wide receiver Trindon Holliday earned AFC Player of the Month honors, the NFL announced Thursday.
Manning won AFC Player of the Month honors for a league record seventh time and Holliday earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for the first time in his career.
This marks the first time in team history that two Broncos have received conference Player of the Month honors in the same month.
Manning, 37, ripped through defenses as he completed 117-of-156 passes for 1,470 yards with 16 touchdowns and no interceptions in the month of September. He also led Denver to a 4-0 start for the seventh time in team history.
He led the NFL in nearly every passing category in September with his 16 touchdowns representing the most by a player in league history through four games.
Under Manning’s guidance, the Broncos offense produced 179 points during the opening month, which is the second highest scoring output in NFL history through four games. They are only behind the Dallas Cowboys who scored 183 points through four games in 1966. Included in the total was a franchise single-game scoring mark in Denver’s 52-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday.
Manning’s 201 consecutive passes without an interception, dating to last season, is the longest streak of his career and the second-longest such streak in team history. Additionally, he joins former Cleveland quarterback Milt Plum as the only player in league annals to throw for 16 touchdowns in a season before recording an interception.
Manning started the month on an historic pace as he threw seven touchdown passes against the Baltimore Ravens in a 49-27 opening day win.
The Player of the Month honor represents the seventh of Manning’s career and his third since joining the Broncos in 2012. His three conference Player of the Month awards as a Bronco rank second in team history behind running back Terrell Davis who had four. Manning also passed his current boss John Elway who earned two Player of the Month awards.
Holliday, 27, devoured his two NFC East opponents by scoring on an 81-yard punt return against the New York Giants and a 105-yard kickoff return versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
Holliday totaled 13 punt returns for 191 yards and he had three kickoff returns for 139 yards, during the month of September.
As the only NFL player to record multiple special-teams return scores during the opening month of the season, Holliday joins former Bronco Rick Upchurch as the only individuals in team history with two seasons recording multiple special-teams return scores.
Holliday ranks first in NFL history with a special-teams return touchdown every 3.5 career games played, including the postseason. Holliday has scored six times in 21 career games. Those six return touchdowns rank second in the Broncos’ record books to Upchurch’s eight career return scores.
Holliday’s honor represents just the seventh time a Bronco has earned conference Special Teams Player of the Month recognition. Kicker Matt Prater was the last individual to receive the award (Dec./Jan. 2011).
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