Feb. 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson walks the red carpet prior to the Super Bowl XLVII NFL Honors award show at Mahalia Jackson Theater. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Awards: Adrian Peterson Wins AP Offensive Player of the Year


Adrian Peterson wasn’t even supposed to be able to run this season but now he’s just collected the first of two major awards he’s up for tonight.  Peterson picked up the AP Offensive Player of the Year Award on Saturday after a season in which he almost broke a record many view as unbreakable.

We all know about Peterson’s success on the field but it’s how he got there and what he went though to get where he is now that stands as one of the most amazing stories of the season. Just over a year ago Peterson tore his ACL to shreds against the Washington Redskins and everyone wondered of he’d ever be the same back ever again.

Not only was he able to start the first week of the season — something no one thought was possible– he proved in very little time that he wasn’t just back but better than he ever was.

And in case you didn’t know, Peterson was pretty amazing before his injury. So the fact that he suffered an otherwise career altering injury, and altered his career in a positive way, is just too amazing to properly comprehend.

Peterson deserves to win the MVP for the season he put together but if he somehow loses out on that, he’s at least got the Offensive Player of the Year award. He deserves way more after what he managed to do, but the biggest treat in seeing Peterson win this award is that there’s plenty more seasons like this one he just had ahead of him.

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