After tearing his ACL, then returning to the field less than a year later and having a career year last season, it’s a no-brainer that Adrian Peterson was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.
What he did last season truly defies logic. The fact that he was better than ever is remarkable. Credit modern medicine and his work ethic (and hopefully nothing else). Peyton Manning was runner up, but did receive Comeback Player of the Year. Well deserved.
Peterson suffered a knee injury in December of 2011 and underwent surgery soon after. His recovery was on the near-miraculous scale, and despite the “pitch count” Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he’d put Peterson on to start the season, Peterson became the sixth player in NFL history to gain more than 2,000 yards on the ground.
Peterson is the first running back to win the MVP award since LaDanian Tomlinson took the title in 2006. He received 30.5 votes, while Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning nabbed 19.5 votes.