Adrian Peterson Won't Win the NFL MVP Award, but He Should

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystDecember 11, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 09:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field on December 9, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Unless Adrian Peterson breaks Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards or breaks the 2,000 yard barrier and the Minnesota Vikings make the playoffs, there's next to no chance that he will win this year's Most Valuable Player Award.

That's certainly no knock on Peterson. The six-year pro is having an absolutely phenomenal season, leading the National Football League in rushing while averaging a career-high six yards per carry and posting seven consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

Peterson's season is all the more remarkable given that only last December he tore both the ACL and MCL in his knee.

After Peterson gashed the Chicago Bears for more than 150 yards on the ground last week, quarterback Christan Ponder raved about his running back, according to The Associated Press via ESPN.

"The guy's unbelievable," Ponder said of his star running back. "I don't know if he's human or not."

Unfortunately for Peterson, this fantastic season isn't going to be enough because of the nature of the MVP award. Frankly, the NFL might as well change the name of it to the Most Valuable Quarterback Award.

Of the last 10 winners, eight have played quarterback.

That bias, and the big seasons from the likes of Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos (who have six MVP awards between them) all but sink Peterson's candidacy before it ever gets off the ground.

That's a shame too, because if the award was truly given to the most valuable player in the NFL then Peterson would win in a landslide.

Given their abysmal quarterback play and the injury to Percy Harvin, there's no way that the Minnesota Vikings would be 7-6 and in playoff contention without Peterson. That's a fact that head coach Leslie Frazier is aware of, according to the AP.

"You know when you play the Vikings you're going to have to stop Adrian Peterson," coach Leslie Frazier said. "And for him to come out and gain 100 yards in the first quarter, just an amazing feat by him."

It's just too bad that more MVP voters aren't aware of it or willing to give Peterson his due, because "amazing" is an excellent descriptor for Peterson's 2012 season.