The Minnesota Vikings actually turned in a pretty positive season, but most of that is due to the fact that running back Adrian Peterson had one of the best seasons by an NFL player in the entire history of the game. Not only did he rush for more than 2,000 yards, but he almost broke Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record on a surgically reconstructed knee.
It took Peterson less than a year to recover from tearing his ACL to becoming one of the best single-season rushers in NFL history. Because of this, Peterson is a frontrunner to win the NFL MVP award, but if you ask the man himself who is going to win he says it’s absolutely no contest.
“I’m going to win it. I will get it,” Peterson said in Honolulu before Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
Thanks for the spoiler alert AP. While Peyton Manning is the other favorite to win the award, many believe Peterson far out-did anything Manning accomplished in 2012. While they were on different tracks in terms of their stance in the NFL, both had incredibly similar stories that have placed them in the same category as one another.
While the question a year ago was whether to not Peterson would ever be the sam player again, the question surrounding Peyton Manning was whether he’d ever play again.
The whole reason the Colts got Andrew Luck this season was because Peyton Manning’s neck surgery threw his career into serious doubt. There was the tearful offseason divorce between Manning and the only team he’s ever played for, and it seemed like he was going to fade into retirement. But the Broncos took a chance on him and Manning not only proved his critics wrong but he showed he’s nowhere near retiring any time soon.
Manning didn’t actually lead the NFL in any statical categories that people pay attention to, but he did finished tied for first in completion percentage.
Basically, everything is pointing towards Peterson winning the MVP, and in all honesty he should. You don’t just bounce back from a once career threatening injury to turn in one of the greatest season in NFL history, just to finish in second place in the MVP race.
Where’s the justice in that?