The race for MVP


Adrian Peterson hopes to stop the recent trend of quarterbacks winning the MVP.

Drake Rowland, Sports Editor

Each year there is a debate for who should be the NFL MVP. This year there seems to be four candidates: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, and Matt Ryan. Peterson probably has performed the best and is most deserving of this award, but the last five MVP trophies have been given to a quarterback.

                Tom Brady has been dominating in recent games and his season stats state his case for the MVP. He has over 3,800 yards, 29 touchdowns, and only four interceptions. His team is 10-3 and has won seven in a row. Many people thought his production would decrease when Rob Gronkowski went down with an injury but he has continued to prove people wrong. Peyton Manning has proved many people wrong. He came to a new team and came back from his neck injury and he’s killing it. He has over 3,800 yards, 30 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. Matt Ryan has the Atlanta Falcons off to the best start they have ever had. Ryan is a big reason why; he has thrown for over 3,900 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He is a major factor in why the Falcons are doing so well this season but it will be interesting to watch to see if they can overcome their first round troubles they have had in the past couple seasons, they could make a run for a Super Bowl. Last but not least: Adrian Peterson. Peterson is by far the only bright spot the Vikings have going for them. Peterson has rushed for 1,600 yards, 10 touchdowns, and has over 200 receiving yards. All these guys are the most valuable player on their teams.

                As the season continues to grind through the last couple weeks, we will have to watch and see who emerges as the real MVP. Senior Mark Salem said, “I think Peterson deserves it the most, but I think Manning or Brady will win it.” Will Peterson be able to change the recent trend or will the NFL give it to another quarterback?  We will have to wait to see it unfold.