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Debate: Which NFL player has overcome the greatest odds this season?

Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson among the NFL players that have had to overcome the greatest of odds in 2012.

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There is no debating which players have had the biggest impact on the NFL season. We have seen rookie quarterbacks thrive, wide receivers snap records and running backs come close. And it is no coincidence that many of these players have had to work against the odds in order to make it to where they are now.

The three that come to my mind will all be participating in the playoffs. That starts with quarterback Peyton Manning, who led the Broncos to a #1 seed and a bye for the first week. After being cut by the Colts in favor of the young Andrew Luck, many did not know whether Peyton would look like his old self after multiple neck procedures. Nevertheless, he looks amazing once again and will start the Pro Bowl as the AFC's quarterback... that is, if the Broncos don't make it to the Super Bowl.

Then there is Adrian Peterson. He came less than ten yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record, which is a feat of his own. But to do it only a few months after tearing his ACL is simply incredible. Through his hard work and determination, he has single-handedly carried the Vikings into the playoffs. To me, it is a two horse race for MVP between Manning and Peterson.

And how could we go on without mentioning Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson. Many believed he was simply too short to play quarterback in the NFL. After Seattle signed Matt Flynn to a free agent contract, Wilson became an afterthought to many and a guy that would simply ride the bench for most of his career. Despite that, Wilson became the starting quarterback and is the head of what many consider to be the hottest team in the league right now.

Who do you think has performed against all odds the most?

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