We’re a little less than a week away from finding out who will be the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in a race much closer than we see in most seasons.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning each turned in seasons good enough to merit consideration under any circumstances. The fact that each of them did it in their comeback from injuries that many feared would make them lesser players only made their performances more impressive. Strong arguments could be made for each man, but Peterson thinks he’s got the stronger case.
“I’m going to win it. I will get it,” Peterson said, via Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post.
Peterson’s already taken home PFT‘s version of the MVP, something that will get him on the New York City subway as long as he has $2.25 with him as well.
Kiszla reports that the MVP race has been a frequent source of conversation in Hawaii this week — it’s “breathed life into the Pro Bowl” — while both Manning and Peterson were preparing for the Pro Bowl. Manning razzed Peterson for campaigning for the award during a speech at a banquet, something Peterson took with the proper humor as both men enjoy the wait for the results of the voting to be announced.