|Posted by Jinx Grand on December 12, 2012 at 8:05 AM|
The 2012 NFL season has been a very special, historic and entertaining for so many different reason. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have been receiving a lot of attention with their amazing rookie years. Or, you could look at the way Tom Brady has led the New England Patriots to the promised land again, like he has done constantly throughout the years. But, two of the truly amazing players and stories his season has been from the two most unexpected figures at the beginning of the year. Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning.
Both players are coming off of devastating injuries, Peyton missing all of last year with four neck surgeries and Peterson with an ACL and MCL tear in his left leg during Week 16 of the 2011 season.
Looking at the stats of the two players, it seems blasphemous to even THINK about saying they are coming off of major injuries and surgeries. Peterson has rushed for 1,600 yards on 265 carries with 10 touchdowns so far. Peyton has posted a statline of 30 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 3,812 yards passing, a completion percentage of 68.3, and a passer rating of 104.1!
In my opinion, I think the award goes to Adrian Peterson mainly because he has the chance to break the single season NFL rushing record, which is at 2,106. For that to happen, he would have to average about 169 yards per game for the next three games. But, as we all know, the knees are the most vital piece of the body for a running back. For Peterson to tear the ACL and MCL in his knee on Week 16 of the 2011 NFL season and RETURN FOR OPENING DAY IN THE 2012 SEASON after such a devastating injury is remarkable, and I haven't even bought up the fact that he has a chance to break the NFL single season rushing record.
Now, don't construe what I'm saying; I do not think that Peyton has had a great year. I think he will most likely win Most Valuable Player, but I just think that, when it comes to the guy that has bounced back from a very low point, Adrian Peterson is that guy.