The great Adrian Peterson debate, MVP or not?
Freak of nature would be one way to describe running back Adrian Peterson and MVP may be another.
Less than one-year ago in a meaningless game, Peterson’s left knee popped three times and left him in horrific pain. His injury was serious, a left ACL tear along with medial collateral ligament damage. Peterson needed surgery and refused to wait, scheduling the appointment for New Years Day.
With only 209 days till training camp he knew his time was limited, even trainer Eric Sugarman explained he would need at least eight months to recover, but according to the Chicago Sun Times, by training camp in late July, Peterson felt like he was ready to rejoin his teammates at practice. But he was only allowed to do some running while wearing a red non-contact jersey. Peterson didn’t appear in any preseason games but debuted in the season opener against the Jaguars, gaining 84 yards on 17 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
‘‘I’ve never seen anything like it, and I probably won’t ever again,” Sugarman sad. ‘‘I feel badly for others who suffer the same injury because they’re going to have to get compared to the same result. But no two injuries are the same; no two athletes are the same. It’s not fair.’’
Peterson was on a personal quest to gain 2,000 yards during the season and also to even attempt to break the NFL rushing yard record of 2,105.
From surgery to leading the NFL in rushing yards and falling only nine-yards short of the record, it’s one of the greatest performances in NFL history, but still many people are not willing to give him the MVP.
The NFL has turned into a quarterback’s league and it’s silly to overlook what Peterson has accomplished this season. Should he win comeback player of the year? No, probably not. No one went through exactly what Peyton Manning did by rehabbing for a year and changing teams, but should he be considered a front runner for the MVP award?
Let’s put this into perspective.
The Vikings are in the playoffs and have the worst passing offense in the NFL only averaging 172.6 yards per game per NFL.com. This means teams can put eight men in the box and tee off on Adrian Peterson right? No, you see in the last seven games he’s racked up 1,101 yards and 7.2 yards per rush.
It doesn’t matter how many are trying to stop him, they can’t.
Will Peterson win the MVP? Probably not, but if he broke the record they would of handed the trophy over to him.
GB Bongiovanni is a syndicated writer and owner of TPF. Follow him on Twitter @GBBongiovanni or Facebook – http://facebook.com/Bongiovanni.