Originally written on Cippin on Sports  |  Last updated 1/3/13
The 2012 NFL regular season is in the books and before the NFL Playoffs kick into gear, we’re wrapping up the regular season by handing out some hardware. MVP: Adrian Peterson He just keeps coming. All day. Only one year off major knee surgery and he came within 9 yards of breaking the all-time rushing record. In five games this month, Peterson rushed for 861 yards – which, by itself, would be 19th in the NFL’s total rushing standings this season. Offensive Player of the Year: Peyton Manning It was difficult to pick Peterson ahead of him for MVP as Manning has had one of his best years leading the Denver Broncos back into the limelight but he just edges it, as the Broncos would be lost without him. Defensive Player of the Year: JJ Watt Watt finished with 20.5 sacks and 16 pass deflections and was, simply, a nightmare for offenses to plan for. Probably the best season a 3-4 End has had in NFL history. Offensive Rookie: Russell Wilson Wilson has been a revelation since the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the draft. Taken to back up their big free agent acquisition Matt Flynn, no one expected Wilson to win the starting job. Even fewer people expected him to lead the Seahawks to big wins over the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers. Defensive Rookie: Casey Hayward He has the fourth most interceptions in the league and hasn’t allowed a single touchdown to be caught by a receiver he’s covered. This was a close call though; I also considered Bobby Wagner who has been a tremendous addition to the Seahawks linebackers core. Comeback Player: Adrian Peterson Peyton Manning has been incredible too but, fresh off major knee surgery, and playing one of the most demanding positions, Peterson has been unstoppable. Although he didn’t  reach Eric Dickerson’s rushing record this year, don’t be surprised to him go for it again next season. Ben Soro-Perez is a sports journalism student. He writes mainly on the NFL, soccer and motor-sport. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheSoroPerez
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFLPA: NFL didn't respond to Tom Brady settlement offer

Tom Coughlin calls Jason Pierre-Paul situation a ‘fiasco’

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Tom Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to Manhattan

LeGarrette Blount failed conditioning test

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Trent Richardson 'reclamation project not going so well'

Geno Smith laughed at being ranked last in QB poll

Penn State trash talks Notre Dame Twitter over 'Rudy'

Report: Aroldis Chapman unlikely to be traded

Mets’ trade for Carlos Gomez called off despite reports

Report: Rangers to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies

Affairs of the Hart (Trophy)

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Terry Collins writes letter to widow of longtime Mets fan

Jets fans fly "Cheaters Look Up" banner over Patriots practice

Dodgers upgrade rotation in unexpected, intelligent way

For some NFL players, life begins at undrafted

NBA's Africa game: A tribute to Hakeem Olajuwon

Top storyline for each NFL team heading into training camp

Texas QB commit has great anti-Oklahoma T-shirt

WATCH: Tim Tebow does monster leg workout

Farrell: Sandoval's conditioning 'continues to be addressed'

Revis won't wear Super Bowl ring around Jets teammates

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker