The Associated Press named their NFL MVP today and Adrian Peterson edged out Peyton Manning for the most valuable player honors.
According to ESPN, “Peterson received 30½ votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Manning, who also won the Comeback Player of the Year award got the other 19½ votes for MVP.”
Peterson deserved the MVP this year after his amazing come back from major knee surgery last year. Not only did AP come back from major knee surgery and played well, he played off the charts for someone with regular knees not coming off surgery. Peterson rushed for an insane 2,097 yards this season, just 9 yards shy of Erik Dickerson’s record of most rush yards in a season.
To come within 9 yards of breaking a record that was set back in 1984 is pretty amazing. Most people who come back after major knee surgery lose a step when it comes to their quickness or speed, but not Peterson, who looked even more super human than before.
Not only did AP almost break Dickerson’s record, he helped the Minnesota Vikings win a wild card seed in the playoffs and finish the season 10-6. The Vikings were a lowly 3-13 back in 2011 but Peterson helped Minnesota to a winning record this year and without AP who knows if they Vikings even make the playoffs this year.
The NFL MVP runner-up, Peyton Manning, didn’t come away empty-handed this weekend, winning Comeback Player of the Year honors. Manning, who was going for his fifth MVP award, returned from professional football this year after being a year removed from the game due to multiple surgeries on his neck.
Manning led his new team, the Denver Bronco’s, to a 13-3 record and the number 1 seed in the AFC playoffs this year and finished with 4,659 passing yards and 37 touchdowns.
The MVP award and the Comeback Player of the Year award was interchangeable this year between Peterson and Manning. Both had outstanding seasons after coming back from major surgeries and injuries and were deserving of MVP honors, but only one could win.