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NFL's Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning or Adrian Peterson?

Josh ZerkleChief Writer IIIJune 14, 2016

By most accounts, the voting for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award is a two-horse race.

Adrian Peterson recovered from ligament surgery to post a 2,000-plus-yard rushing season for Minnesota, propelling the Vikings into the playoffs. Peterson, who tore ligaments in his knee as the 2011 season was winding down, surprised a lot of skeptics by returning to action in Week 1 of 2012, and not missing a beat from his previous season. Peterson's season is also warranting (well-deserved) MVP consideration.

Also in the mix for dual hardware acquisition is Peyton Manning. After missing all of 2011 after recovering from neck surgery, Manning was released by the Colts and, after being wined and dined by seemingly half the franchises in the league, he signed with Denver. Manning led the Broncos to 13 wins this season, tops in the AFC, while producing two 1,000-yard receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. 

We debated which of these players deserved the league's award for overcoming adversity from the previous season. Check out our takes in the video above and cast your own vote in the comments below. 

As always, thanks for watching. 

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