Once the 2012 NFL regular season was officially over, superstar running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings had racked up 2,097 yards rushing and put his stamp on the NFL history books by coming nine yards shy of the single-season rushing record set Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson back in 1984.
As a result of Peterson’s historic season, the star back for the Vikings is in the running for the NFL MVP award along with Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. The consensus around the league, among players and coaches is that Peterson will win the award this weekend.
“I will be a little disappointed (if I don’t win),” Peterson said on NFL Network’s “NFL AM.”
The NFL will announce the winner of the regular season award one day before Super Bowl XLVII on Saturday, Feb. 2.
In the first time of his career in the league, Peterson played started all 16 games for Minnesota and was able to stay injury free. Peterson scored 13 total touchdowns this season one of them as a receiver.
Perhaps the most remarkable part of Peterson’s season was that it came immediately after recovering from knee surgery. Peterson tore his ACL in his left knee as well as his MCL on Christmas Eve in 2011 against the Washington Redskins. The knee injury and surgery immediately following was thought to keep the superstar sidelined for a considerable amount of time and raised a lot of questions about whether or not Peterson would ever be the same again.
Fortunately for the Vikings and Peterson, the veteran running back burst back onto the scene in 2012 after a surprisingly quick recovery from knee surgery and had the best season of his career reclaiming the distinction as the best player at his position in the NFL.