Before I get too far into this, I just want to say that this give any more credence to the NFL Network's Top 100 list. I still think the methodology behind it was flawed, and it was basically a lot of filler for the NFL Network during the off-season/lockout that we've gone through this season.
That said, it's still nice to see someone say something nice about the Vikings or one of their players, given the rarity with which that occurs.
Adrian Peterson wound up at third overall on the NFL Network's Top 100 list, the top ten of which was announced this evening on the NFL Network. Going by the rankings, that means that Peterson's peers. . .the ones that bothered to vote, anyway. . .think that he deserves the following recognition:
-Best running back in the NFL
-Best non-quarterback in the NFL
-Best player in the NFC North (offensive or defensive)
-Best player in the NFC
Like I said, the list still doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but recognition for AP as one of the NFL's best players is always nice.
The top ten broke down like this:
10) Julius Peppers, defensive end, Chicago Bears
9) Drew Brees, quarterback, New Orleans Saints
8) Darrelle Revis, cornerback, New York Jets
7) Andre Johnson, wide receiver, Houston Texans
6) Troy Polamalu, safety, Pittsburgh Steelers
5) Ed Reed, safety, Baltimore Ravens
4) Ray Lewis, linebacker, Baltimore Ravens
3) Adrian Peterson, running back, Minnesota Vikings
2) Peyton Manning, quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
1) Tom Brady, quarterback, New England Patriots
Feel free to discuss the awesomeness of Adrian Peterson below, and congratulations to AP on his achievement. . .such as it is.