It was wide-spread at the end of the season, but now it’s official. The NFL’s Most Valuable Player is Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Adrian Peterson is the 2012 Most Valuable Player (US PRESSWIRE)
The announcement was made at the second annual NFL Honors awards show, as seen on CBS.
Peterson’s season was incredible. Two years ago, he suffered a torn ACL, as well as MCL in a week 16 game against the Washington Redskins at halftime. He of course missed the rest of that game, as well as the week 17 game. Six total quarters, only to come back better than ever.
After his injury, some questioned whether Peterson would ever be able to play the game again – let alone return to the field in the season opener, a few short months out from total knee reconstruction.
His return to the game didn’t come quiet, either, as Peterson tore it up week after week, accounting for 2,097 yards, falling just nine yards short of the all-time single season rushing record held by Eric Dickerson. He became just the sixth player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards, doing so in a year where the experts expected him to have a down year because of the surgery.
What makes his season even more impressive – is the fact that the defenses knew what was coming for them. They all prepared for Peterson, and attempted to shut down the gaps while focusing more on Adrian than anything else – and they couldn’t stop him.
Just as the Packers, who got burned for 210 yards in their first meeting against him. Prepared out of their minds to put a plan in place to stop him, and failed as he ran his way to 199 yards and a playoff berth.
The voters got this one right – Peterson was the Most Valuable Player. I stress the words Valuable and Player, as the award has become the Quarterback of the team with the most wins at season’s end as of late. I’m glad to see the voters looked past that and gave the award to Peterson, who was the most deserving.
Peterson becomes the first RB to win the award since 2006 when former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson.
He also won two other awards tonight. The Fantasy Football Player of the Year, and the Offensive Player of the Year.
Not bad for a guy that many had slated for a down year!
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