Peyton Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. It was his seventh time as a first-teamer, tying Hall of Famer Otto Graham for the most by a quarterback.
The Denver star set NFL records this season with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 yards through the air.
He was chosen on all 50 ballots from media members who regularly cover the NFL. Manning also was an All-Pro for Indianapolis in 2003, ’04, ’05, ’08 and ’09 and last season made it as a Bronco. He’s been on the All-Pro team in both seasons since missing 2011 after several neck surgeries.
Manning still has a ways to go to set the record for most All-Pro appearances at any position. Among the players ahead of him is Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice with 10.
New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and Indianapolis outside linebacker Robert Mathis each drew 49 votes. Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had 48.
Vikings to look into Kluwe’s accusation
The Minnesota Vikings have retained a former chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and a former federal trial attorney to conduct an investigation into Chris Kluwe’s allegations that he was released from the team due to his support of gay marriage.
Former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former Justice Department attorney Chris Madel will lead the investigation.
“It is extremely important for the Vikings organization to react immediately and comprehensively with an independent review of these allegations,” team president Mark Wilf said in a statement Friday, one day after Kluwe penned an article alleging that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer made anti-gay comments during team meetings.
Oklahoma’s Stoops coy about Browns
Bob Stoops has so far resisted the temptation to jump to the NFL. Maybe it’s time, and maybe it’s with the Browns.
Oklahoma’s longtime coach, fresh off the Sooners’ stunning upset of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, did little to quell rumors he may have the inside track to Cleveland’s coaching vacancy.
While making the media rounds Friday, Stoops was asked about any connection to Cleveland and the Youngstown, Ohio, native was coy with his responses.
“You never know,” Stoops told Oklahoma writers.
Pressed on the issue and whether it was speculation, Stoops said, “there’s a lot of that.”