Photos: Twelve best Denver sports stars, teams and coaches

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This year's Best of Denver celebrates lots of great things about the Mile High City, including the top sports stars, teams and coaches.

Below, we've gathered together a photo-illustrated list of the winners who had us cheering the loudest, complete with the original Best of Denver items and your picks from our annual survey.

Some years, there are a lot of disagreements. But this year, we were often on the same page. Check out all twelve below.

Best Bronco
Peyton Manning.
Peyton Manning

We know, we know: Praising Peyton Manning after the team's most recent Super Bowl humiliation feels wrong somehow. But remember the season that preceded that blowout. Not only did Number 18 set a whole slew of Broncos records, but he shattered marks for touchdown passes and yardage through the air for the league as a whole en route to his unprecedented fifth Most Valuable Player award. And even though that loss to the Seahawks was agonizing, it provides some mighty big incentive for Peyton to get the Men in Orange back to the Promised Land -- and win this time.

Reader's choice: Peyton Manning

Best Rockie
Michael Cuddyer.
Michael Cuddyer

Michael Cuddyer is hardly the most charismatic member of the Rockies; he seems more like he should be selling insurance than playing Major League Baseball at the highest level. But quietly and without fanfare, he led the squad in a slew of key offensive statistics during 2013, including batting average (an impressive .331), RBIs (84) and hits (162). Moreover, he slugged twenty home runs -- just six off the pace set by the much more high-profile Carlos Gonzalez -- and played in the second-highest number of games of anyone on the roster. He may not look like a star, but he sure plays like one.

Reader's choice: Todd Helton

Continue to keep counting down our list of the twelve best Denver sports stars, teams and coaches.

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