One of the leading MVP candidates, Peterson went from being a superstar to superhuman thanks to his amazing work on the field this season.
After suffering a torn ACL in Week 16 of the 2011 season, there was some doubt about whether Peterson would be the same again. He quickly proved the skeptics wrong with an incredible performance that lifted his team into the postseason for the first time since 2009.
Peterson played in all 16 games, ran for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had a streak of eight games from Week 7-15 where he ran for at least 100 yards. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry, best in the NFL among running backs.
In the biggest game of the season for the Vikings, Week 17 against Green Bay, in a must-win situation to get the team in the playoffs, Peterson ran for 199 yards and one touchdown in a 37-34 victory.
Peterson, as a running back, was the best and most dominant player at his position. Of his 2,097 yards, he gained 1,019 of them after first contact. That is almost impossible to do in a league where the defenders are so fast and can attack out of nowhere if you get slowed down.
We know that the NFL has become a quarterback-driven league, but it is nice to see that a great running back can still take over games. Peterson is a rare breed and his efforts this season merit all the accolades he will receive.