Peterson Is NFL's Most Valuable Player

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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.

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