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Greenway: Peterson Can Still Win Most Valuable Player Award

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After a year away from the National Football League, nobody is quite sure what to expect from Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson. Well, nobody with the exception of one of his longest-tenured teammates, that is.

Linebacker Chad Greenway, in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, made the bold statement that Peterson is quite capable of winning the Most Valuable Quarterback Player Award in the National Football League.

It's Adrian. He can do anything. I still tend to lean towards the fact that we've gotten so much preseason publicity is because of our quarterback. Unfortunately for running backs, it's just like the 4-3 outside linebacker, it's an undervalued position. As good as he is and as great as he's been and as good as he can be this year, publicity wise in the NFL it's driven by quarterbacks. If you don't have a good one, you don't have much of a chance.

Peterson, who has also made the declaration that he's still the league's best running back, could potentially be the one that keeps the league from handing the award to another quarterback that may or may not deserve it. (Seriously, considering that J.J. Watt didn't win the award last year, I'm not sure what a non-quarterback has to do to win it.) In the last 15 NFL seasons, only three non-quarterbacks have won the MVP award. . .Peterson in 2012, LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006, and Shaun Alexander in 2005.

What do you think, Vikings fans? Do you think Adrian Peterson has a real chance at the 2015 NFL MVP Award?