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January 13, 2014

With all due respect to Peyton Manning, the Sportsman of the Year should have been David Ortiz. Not only did he instill the city of Boston with renewed pride and resolve in the wake of the marathon bombings, but he also had a .309 batting average, 30 home runs and 103 RBIs during the regular season before leading the Red Sox to a championship by batting .688 in the World Series. Ortiz's greatness transcended sports.

Raymond Ieronimo, Bradford, Mass.

Peyton's Place

Thank you, Lee Jenkins, for a wonderfully refreshing and uplifting profile on Manning (Sportsman of the Year). He is a true class act and an example of what one can accomplish both on and off the field with dedication, hard work and humility. I still haven't forgiven the NFL for refusing to allow him to wear black high-top shoes to honor Johnny Unitas after his death in 2002. Although he was willing to pay any fine imposed by the NFL, Manning yielded because he felt the public controversy would dishonor Unitas.

Harry D. Revell, Augusta

I've always admired Manning's talent and drive, plus his ability to make commercials that are genuinely funny. However, the compassionate way he treats people is even more special. That alone makes him a winner no matter the score or how he plays.

Rick Vacek, Santa Rosa, Calif.

While Manning was the perfect selection for SOTY, it was disappointing to read Boomer Esiason's self-aggrandizing tribute to Manning (POINT AFTER) as if it were all about him, e.g., "I, I, I...."

Craig Clifford, Tempe, Ariz.

I had to laugh at Jenkins's assertion that the Mannings "never make you feel below them" (EDITOR'S LETTER). Those of us who live in San Diego sure felt like the Mannings thought we were below them when Archie decided Eli was too good to play for the Chargers.

Roy Funk, San Diego

The Truth About Jonny

I always thought Jonny Gomes was an egotistical, annoying tough guy who simply swung for the fences. However, after reading Thomas Lake's feature (The Five Lives of Jonny Gomes), I must admit I was wrong. I was thoroughly moved by the life Gomes has lived, his approach to the game and the tenacity he's shown to succeed.

Jon Backman Mount Vernon, Wash.

Couldn't you have used a picture that didn't make Manning look like he's 57 instead of his actual age, 37?

Susan Begay Pittsboro, Ind.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

What will be the biggest surprise in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs?

Edward Delatorre Peyton Manning going down with an injury and backup quarterback Brock Osweiler taking over and winning against the Chargers.

Kévin Barbier After their embarrassing 34--7 loss at Seattle in Week 13, the Saints beating the Seahawks will be the biggest surprise.

Colton Horn Seattle holding Drew Brees under 200 passing yards.

Lavadius C Eubanks Andrew Luck beating Tom Brady in New England.

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