Last season, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball 21 times for 75 yards before being suspended for the final 15 games of the season.
It must have been the most damn impressive 21 carries and the most damn impressive 75 yards that the National Football League has ever seen, because that was good enough to get Peterson into the NFL Network's Top 100 of 2015. Peterson slotted in at #62 on the list, which is voted on by players across the National Football League.
Obviously, Peterson was voted onto the list because of the on-field respect he's gained over the years he's been in the National Football League, but man. . .this is just about as nonsensical as guys like Harrison Smith (who, you know, actually had a really, really good 2014 season) not making the list at all. I know that when Peyton Manning missed the 2011 season and the Indianapolis Colts wound up going 2-14, there were jokes going around about how Manning should be the league MVP based on what he meant to the Colts' franchise, but apparently some players actually decided to apply that philosophy to this year's ballot.
The NFL Network has revealed numbers 61 to 100 on their list, and I wasn't expecting to see any Vikings on the list at all. I certainly wasn't expecting to see this particular Viking on it.