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BEST OF 2012
Peter King
January 14, 2013
After much meditation—some of it ongoing—Peter King dishes out his year-end honors
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January 14, 2013

Best Of 2012

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Walked in on Day One and raised the play of a needy linebacker corps, particularly impressive for a second-rounder from mid-level Utah State. The tackling machine improved in coverage as the year went on.

COACH

TIE: CHUCK PAGANO & BRUCE ARIANS

Colts

With the leukemia-stricken Pagano coaching for 12 weeks by text, voice mail, e-mail and inspiration, Arians went 9--3 and sailed Indianapolis into the playoffs. Then Pagano returned, and the Colts beat the big, bad Texans.

COMEBACK PLAYER

TIE: ADRIAN PETERSON & PEYTON MANNING

After undergoing four surgeries in two years and missing all of 2011, Manning had one of his three best seasons. Peterson, returning 37 weeks after major knee reconstruction, had arguably the best rushing season ever. Call it a draw.

EXECUTIVE

JOHN SCHNEIDER

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