NFL

True Football Fans Will Never Forget These MVP Seasons

Darren - December 12, 2022
NFL

True Football Fans Will Never Forget These MVP Seasons

Darren - December 12, 2022

Minnesota Vikings

Alan Page – 1971

It’s almost unthinkable for a defensive player to win the MVP award because only two have achieved this. Page became the first defensive tackle in history to claim the coveted award after a great year in 1971. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year was a true trailblazer and one of the greatest of all time.

Heisman

Page set higher numbers the previous year but didn’t win the award. Nonetheless, his consistent excellence saw him achieve what no defensive player had won before. He recorded nine sacks, three fumble recoveries, and two safeties across the season for the Vikings. Page was a player ahead of his time (via Pro Football HOF).

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LaDainian Tomlinson – 2006

Quarterbacks have won the overwhelming majority of MVP awards in the 21st Century. However, some players made their case inarguable because they had elite years. In 2006, Tomlinson lit up the NFL with the Chargers as he scored a record 31 touchdowns. Nobody could handle the amazing running back because he had everything.

Bleacher Report

Meanwhile, Tomlinson rushed for 1,815 yards with over 506 receiving yards. It’s rare that a running back has a season like this but it was one that fans will never forget. Many people think that Tomlinson was one of the best in his position of all time because of his consistent excellence (via ESPN).

New York Times

Adrian Peterson – 2012

Quarterbacks won the MVP award in every year of the 2010s with a single exception. We’re talking about Peterson’s unreal 2012 season with the Vikings in a year that fans will never forget. The craziest aspect of this was that he returned from a torn ACL and an MCL injury. But nobody would have known because he was phenomenal.

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Nobody could stop him as he rushed for over 2000 yards with 12 rushing touchdowns. Everybody knew that he was Minnesota’s biggest threat but it didn’t matter. His poise and athleticism combined in a lethal package for one of the greatest MVP seasons ever. It’s a shame that he never won a Super Bowl because his career deserved a ring (via NFL.com).

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