1. Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers
On my Associated Press ballot, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson are likely to split the NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year honors in some fashion. Both would also be worthy of this distinction. But rather than duplicate, I feel one of the league’s most remarkable comeback stories deserves recognition. No player in NFL history had ever returned from three separate anterior cruciate ligament tears in the same knee until Davis did it in 2012. Davis also is playing at a high level, registering 82 of his 91 tackles since moving into the starting lineup in Week 5. The perseverance that Davis showed to return while playing in just nine games between 2009 and 2011 speaks volumes about his character and love of football. 2. (tie) Adrian Peterson/Peyton Manning, Minnesota Vikings/Denver Broncos
Which would you rather have: A one-legged running back or a quarterback who couldn’t throw? Peterson and Manning were in both of those unenviable positions at this time last year yet have made complete recoveries. This isn’t a copout — I need two more games before I could choose one over the other. - Alex Marvez
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