The race for this past season’s coveted NFL MVP award was the greatest in history, but it ended in a controversial manner and that should not have been the case. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson–one of the two most deserving candidates–took home the award while Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning–the other of the two most deserving players–came up short of what would have been his league-record fifth MVP award. One of Manning’s four trophies came in 2004 when he was the co-MVP along with then-Tennessee Titans quarterback, the late Steve McNair. That was a joke as Manning should have been the lone winner, but it wasn’t nearly as big of a joke as the 2012 award. The most logical conclusion for this year’s MVP award was a tie between Manning and Peterson.
The fact the award voters embarrassed themselves by allowing McNair–a great player, but not deserving in 2004–to share the award with Manning almost a decade ago is now greatly overshadowed by the voters’ failure to make the right call once again. Peterson came back from an ACL tear in less than eight months to become just the sixth player in history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season. Coming off four neck surgeries in a year at age 36, Manning recorded the second-highest passer rating, second-highest passing touchdown total, second-highest completion percentage and second-highest passing yardage total of his illustrious career, all during his first season with the Broncos. How in the world could either of these players not win the award?
Manning and Peterson are both extremely deserving and no other player even came remotely close to winning the NFL MVP award this year. There were only two true finalists and there should have been two winners. If McNair and Manning can share the award after a season for which it should have been Manning’s alone, then Manning and Peterson dang sure should have shared it this year. Chalk this one up as another blunder by the award voters. The NFL record books should show a tie if there’s any sense left whatsoever among the league’s executives.