Found December 16, 2012 on CJ Sports NFL Talk:
Everybody knows that the Comeback Player of the Year Award is going to come down to Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson. They are both coming off major surgeries, and were not expected to perform at an elite level in the 2012 season. I can tell you right now, they are performing at an elite level once again. Peyton Manning has the Denver Broncos rolling and on its way to another play-off appearance. Manning is the clear leader of the organization and, even though he is 36 years old, he still has a lot of gas left in the tank. Manning is gelling with the Broncos, posting an outstanding 4,106 passing yards and 31 TD’s. There was always the question that Manning would never play again after his neck surgeries back in 2011, but he’s defying the odds. Not only is Manning back to being an elite quarterback, but he’s once again in the talks as the MVP of the league, and seeking a 2nd Super Bowl title. Adrian Peterson’s career was in jeopardy last season, when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee in week 15 against the Washington Redskins. Their was criticism on Minnesota’s Head coach Leslie Frazier because the Vikings had nothing to play for, but you always leave your best players on the gridiron. Peterson was never projected to be ready for the start of the 2012 NFL Season, but he made a miraculous recovery and made his way into the starting lineup for week 1. Peterson since then has had a career year. Through 14 games, Adrian has 1,812 rushing yards, which is 293 yards shy of Eric Dickerson‘s record for most rushing yards in a season at 2,105. This would be a difficult task to complete, but it’s entirely possible for an All-Pro runningback in Adrian Peterson. Peterson hasn’t been held to under 100 yards since Week 6. To even come back from a torn ACL and MCl as a runningback is amazing, but to perform once again at a historic level less than a year after the gruesome injury is just plain insane. Peterson, just like Manning, is once again in the MVP hunt. If he breaks Eric Dickerson’s Rushing record, then I believe he will be the MVP of the National Football League. Manning and Peterson are both having an MVP type season. Both having a tremendous season. The question is though, who will win the Comeback Player of the Year Award? Clearly, it’s going to come down to these 2 terrific athletes, but only 1 can win the award. This will be a tight race to win this prestigious award. Many people believe Manning should win because he’s back to being the Peyton Manning from his Indianapolis Colts days, after a career threatening injury. Many also believe that Peterson should win due to his ability to once again run hard and cut on his surgically repaired left leg. The last 2 weeks of the NFL Season will be crucial for both Manning and Peterson. It is both entertaining and disappointing that only 1 will emerge as the Comeback Player of the Year.
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