Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) celebrates his touchdown against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The editors of FansidedNFL have chosen Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as the 2012 NFL MVP.
Peterson edged out Denver QB Peyton Manning for the award. The overall voting was close, but Peterson topped Manning in both in total votes the number of first place votes.
This result shouldn’t come as any surprise. Peterson also was chosen for Offensive Player of the Year and shared the Comback Player of the Year honor with Manning. Peterson was only 9 yards short of the all time single season rushing record. He also carried a fairly average Vikings team into the playoffs.
In a distant third place was JJ Watt from the Houston Texans. It is uncommon for defensive players to be considered for the MVP award, so his 3rd place finish was slightly surprising to me.
The only Seahawk to get votes was QB Russell Wilson, who finished 8th. He somehow managed to get 2 4th place votes. While I expect him to get plenty of MVP votes in the coming seasons, I was surprised to see him get any this year.
My MVP ballot mimicked the overall voting: 1) Peterson, 2) Peyton, 3) JJ Watt, 4) Calvin Johnson, 5) Tom Brady