Last night during the 2nd Annual NFL Honors on CBS, the United States got to learn just who was the best of the best when it came to professional football last year. From explosive rookies jumping the learning curve to strike fear into the hearts of NFL veterans to a pair of players who came back from horrible injuries and multiple surgeries to dominate and succeed at the highest level, the NFL took last night to honor its own with a variety of awards, but no one had a better night than Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson. Adrian Peterson won both the MVP award and the Offensive Player of the Year, the first double win for those awards since Tom Brady in 2010. Not bad for his first season back after blowing out his knee!
As for this season’s other big comeback story, Peyton Manning both returned from multiple neck surgeries and found a new home with the Denver Broncos. He wasn’t up to Peterson’s par, but he played well enough to win Comeback Player of the Year. Washington Redskins star Robert Griffin III won Offensive Rookie of the Year, besting the guy drafted one spot ahead of him and the man who ran Peyton Manning out of Indianapolis, Andrew Luck; Luck’s interim coach in Indianapolis, Bruce Arians, won Coach of the Year after taking over for Colts coach Chuck Pagano while he recovered from cancer. Meanwhile, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly won Defensive Rookie of the Year and the Houston Texans superstar JJ Watt won Defensive Player of the Year.
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