Look, I understand that Peyton Manning didn’t play last year, had multiple neck surgeries, reportedly traveled to Europe to discuss stem cell treatment, and is all of a sudden doing Peyton Manning things again for the AFC West champion Denver Broncos.
Also, I’m fully aware that Tom Brady is without a doubt the best player in the world. This point became crystalized during his incredible but ultimately futile 28-point comeback on Sunday night against San Francisco.
Having said that, Adrian Peterson is 2012 NFL MVP.
The aforementioned top candidates have solid supporting casts. Who does Peterson have? He is without Percy Harvin and has a quarterback whose greatest claim to fame this season is that he is engaged to ESPN’s Samantha Steele.
Defenses know the Vikings are a one-trick pony but they still can’t seem to chase down AP.
Through 14 games, Peterson has rushed for 1,812 yards and 11 touchdowns. Not only is he 188 yards away from a 2,000 yard campaign but he is closing in on Eric Dickerson’s all-time single-season rushing mark.
Back in 1984, Dickerson ran for 2,105 for the Los Angeles Rams. By gaining 294 yards in the next two weeks, Peterson will top Dickerson’s record.
The most remarkable part of Peterson’s season is he suffered a torn ACL last Christmas Eve at Washington. His recovery and superior 2012 campaign is a testament one of the game’s true greats.
Not only is he having a comeback season, he is having one of the greatest seasons of all-time at arguably the league’s most physically demanding position.
In all likelihood, either Brady or Manning will claim an MVP award that neither needs at this point because it’s a quarterback’s world and we’re just living in it.
Peterson deserves the MVP because without him, the Vikings are the Jacksonville Jaguars.