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Manning Named Colorado Athlete of the Year

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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.

The pair of winners met when Franklin visited a Broncos training camp practice in June.

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.

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.