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Final Four: Fitzgerald Vs. Peterson
Authored by Andrew Perna - 11th September, 2009 - 10:08 am

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One month after the 2009 'Be The GM' contest kicked off, we have finally made our way to the Final Four.

Not surprisingly, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Vikings runner Adrian Peterson are the last men standing in the NFC.

Voting will be up until Monday morning, when we'll put together the championship battle.

How They Got Here

Fitzgerald dispatched of Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (64%), Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry (89%) and 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (64%) en route to the Final Four.

Meanwhile, Peterson sped past Saints quarterback Drew Brees (76%), Titans running back Chris Johnson (83%) and Packers defender B.J. Raji (85%) in the first three rounds.

Why Fitzgerald Is A Franchise Player

Fitzgerald is a true game-changer, and thrust himself onto the national stage with a record-setting playoff run in 2008. He has posted more than 1,400 yards and ten touchdowns in three of the last four seasons and has never contributed fewer than 780 yards and six scores in his five-year career.

He led the NFL in receptions (103) in 2005 and touchdowns (12) in 2008.

While it's true that the Cardinals feature an aerial-based attack, Fitzgerald is the kind of player that would flourish in any offense. He was a force even before Kurt Warner entrenched himself in Arizona, putting up strong numbers with Josh McCown throwing the ball in 2004 and part of 2005.

Why Peterson Is A Franchise Player

A small essay could be written about why you should choose Peterson, but I don't think a lengthy explanation is needed. He's one of the game's best players, and just two years into his career many believe that he will go down in history as one of the greatest to ever take the field.

Peterson is a powerful runner, but also possesses an extra gear that allows him to break off exceptionally long runs. Watching him break one is similar to listening to your band's favorite song -- no matter how many times you hear it, it never gets old.

He sees developing holes well, cutting in and out of spots without losing much speed. There were questions about his durability heading into his second season, but he appeared in all sixteen regular-season contests in 2008. He carried the ball at least 17 times in each of those games en route to 1,760 yards and ten touchdowns.


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