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The night before the Super Bowl saw players from the NFL walk away with some hardware. Tonight the NFL named the league’s MVP, Comeback Player, Defensive, Rookie, and the Coach of the Year awards. Here is the breakdown of who won these prestigious awards.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson might have come up 9 yards short in passing Eric Dickerson’s all time rushing record for a single season, but he is this year’s NFL MVP. He won the award during the NFL Honors award show. Adrian ran for 2,097 yards this year and helped lead the Vikings into the playoffs.
Defensive Player of the Year Award
Houston Texans, J. J. Watt takes home the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Watt led the league in sacks with 20.5 sacks. Watt’s defense helped propel the Texans into the playoffs. J.J. was locking to be a lock to win this award with his sack total and he forced four fumbles and was able to block an abundance of passes from opposing quarterbacks.
Comeback Player of the Year Award
Peyton Manning didn’t walk away empty handed at the NFL Honors ceremony. Manning won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Manning led the Broncos to the number one seed in the AFC. Peyton threw for 4,659 yards and threw for 37 touchdowns. Plus you should not feel bad for Manning not winning the MVP award, he already has four already.
Offensive Rookie of the Year Award
In a tight award race the honor went to Robert Griffin III. The Redskins quarterback beat out Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Griffin, III threw for 3,200 yards, passed for 20 touchdowns, ran for 815 yards and 7 touchdowns. Griffin III, who just recently had knee surgery joked about his injury on stage winning the award saying “It’s truly a blessing to be up there — to be able to stand, first and foremost.” I am looking forward to see what Griffin, Luck, and Wilson will do next season for an encore.
Defensive Rookie of the Year Award
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly won Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Kuechly led the league with a whopping 164 tackles. Luke recovered 3 fumbles and had 2 interceptions. Luke is a definite bright spot in Carolina’s defense and is a great building block for the Panthers future.
Coach of the Year
Bruce Arians not only won the Coach of the Year award, but he is the first interim coach to win this award. Arians who is now the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals help the Colts get into the playoffs. During his time as the head coach of the Colts the team went 9-3. Back in September when Colts head Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia, Arians stepped in to guide rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts into the postseason.
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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...
After missing the entire 2011 campaign to recover from an alarming four neck surgeries in 19 months, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning won the Associated Press’ 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. The 36-year-old Manning, who tossed 37 touchdowns, against 11 picks, for 4,659 yards this past autumn, thrived in Denver and should be proud of leading the Broncos...
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player Saturday, as voted by the Associated Press.Peterson, who also captured the top offensive player honor earlier Saturday night, posted the second-highest rushing total in NFL history this past season. He finished with 2,097 yards, just eight yards shy of Eric...
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Saturday, as voted by the Associated Press.Manning, who received 31 1/2 votes to easily outdistance Minnesota Vikings running back and 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson (17 1/2), completed 400-of-583 passes for 4,659 yards with 37 touchdowns against just 11...
Adrian Peterson or Peyton Manning, both were deserving, so no issues with AP getting it.
#Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was named the 2012 season MVP!
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The battle for NFL Most Valuable Player was expected to be a tight race, as Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning both made strong cases for their candidacy.
But in the end, it was the Vikings tailback who ran away with it, taking home both MVP and Offensive Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press.
Peterson not only recorded one of the most statistically impressive seasons...
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been honored as the NFL's Most Valuable Player for the 2012 season.Fantasy Spin:Some thought Peyton Manning deserved the award but it's hard to ignore Peterson's absurd rushing total (2,097 yards, second all-time) and the impact he had on the Vikings, who went from 3-13 in 2011 to 10-6 this season. It would be an upset if anyone...
Coming off a season ending ACL injury last year, Adrian Peterson came back as a force gaining 2,097 yards, second most to Eric Dickerson all-time. This effort was enough to get Peterson the MVP Award and “offensive player of the year” this season. Peterson was the Vikings only form of attack, but he still managed to gain 150 yards in 7 games which ties an NFL record. Because...
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Minnesota Vikings running backs Adrian Peterson was not only named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for 2012, but he also won the AP Offensive Player of the Year award. He rushed for over 2,000 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year.
Watt racked up 81 tackles, 20.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.
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