For the first time ever, the two strongest candidates for league MVP also are the two strongest candidates for Comeback Player of the Year.
The latter has gone to Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Manning beats out Vikings running back Adrian Peterson; both players arguably had the best two comeback seasons of all time. Manning missed a full season due to multiple neck surgeries. Peterson torn his ACL and MCL in Week 16 of the 2011 season.
There has been a sentiment in recent weeks that perhaps Peyton should win the Comeback Player of the Year award, with Peterson winning the MVP prize. We’ll find out soon whether that happens, or whether Manning will get both trophies in a year that he would have preferred to get his fingerprints once again on a silver one with a football on top.