RealClearSports
Advertisement

Peterson Is NFL's Most Valuable Player

AP Photo

With apologies to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, the greatest players of their generation — and two of the best quarterbacks of all time — Peterson has been the NFL’s most exceptional performer in 2012.

Like Manning, who is coming off four neck surgeries and a lost 2011 season, Peterson is a medical marvel: Less than a year after tearing his ACL and MCL, he is on the verge of becoming the seventh back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. He even has a shot at breaking Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105 yards. Peterson, fresh off a 212-yard effort in last Sunday’s 36-22 victory over the St. Louis Rams, needs 294 in his final two games to surpass Dickerson’s 1984 standard.

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Peterson So Much More Than Elite Stats

Mark Craig, Minneapolis Star Tribune - December 7, 2012

It's the Mayans who say the world will end in 14 days. Thank goodness it's not Adrian Peterson. Nothing that guy says sounds absurd anymore. Better than he was before major knee surgery? Check. Two thousand yards rushing? Why... more »

Peterson's Record Chase Brings Fun to NFL

Tom Ley, Deadspin - December 11, 2012

After running for 157 yards against the Bears on Sunday, Adrian Peterson is 506 yards away from breaking the single-season rushing record, something he told SI's Peter King that he is very serious about doing. It's a stretch,... more »

Pay Attention! Peterson Making History

Andrew Astleford, Fox Sports Midwest - December 17, 2012

ST. LOUIS — So much about Adrian Peterson's chase is invisible. This sprint for history is a product of what we don't see — the grit, the drive, the flame that burns inside to become more than a star, more than someone... more »

Peterson's Comeback Outstrips Manning's

Dan Hanzus, NFL.com - December 12, 2012

Back in August, we predicted this would be the greatest Comeback Player of the Year race in the NFL history. Four months later, this can be confirmed as fact. Our original prediction had Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning as the... more »

Credit Costas for Putting Gun Issue Out There

Amy Davidson, New Yorker - December 6, 2012

“If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today,’” Bob Costas, of NBC, said in a halftime commentary on “Sunday Night Football.” Costas was, as he noted, quoting, or slightly... more »