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Teammates Select Adrian Peterson As 2012 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 18, 2012 – 4:26 pm

Adrian Peterson has been selected as the 2012 Ed Block Courage Award recipient by his teammates

During Week 16 of the 2011 season, Peterson tore his ACL and MCL against the Washington Redskins. Eight months removed from the major knee injury, Peterson was true to his word and was in the starting lineup for Week 1 of the 2012 season. Peterson scored 2 TDs and rushed for 84 yards in the overtime victory versus Jacksonville. The 4-time Pro Bowler has appeared and started in all 14 games this season.

Peterson is in the midst of his greatest season as a member of the Vikings. The 2-time All-Pro RB currently leads the NFL with 1,812 rushing yards and is tied for 2nd with 11 rushing TDs. Over the past 8 games, Peterson has rushed for over 100 yards 8 times and eclipsed the 200-yard mark twice. His 1,313 rushing yards since Week 7 ranks as the best 8-game stretch in NFL history. With 2 games to play, the 6-year veteran is 294 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards set in 1984. He has tied Barry Sanders’ (’97) record of 7 50+ yard rushes in a single season. Peterson has 2 TD runs of 82 yards this season, a career long.

Since 1984 the Ed Block Courage Awards annually honors one player from every NFL team who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Recipients are selected by a vote of their teammates to recognize both on and off the field extra efforts and their ability to overcome great adversity, whether it be personal or professional. The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts. Winners travel to Baltimore every March to receive their trophy at a gala in their honor and spend time at the local Courage House at St. Vincent’s Center, a facility specializing in working with abused children. This visit, and the time spent with the children, allows each recipient to fully comprehend the true meaning of the award.

For more information on the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, visit www.edblock.org.


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Vikings Launch “Twenty-Eight For 28″ Campaign

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 18, 2012 – 1:30 pm

There are many reasons Adrian Peterson’s 2012 season is beyond remarkable. With two games to play, Peterson already has a career-high 1,812 rushing yards, is on pace to become just the 7th RB in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, and has his sights set on Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105 rushing yards. This is all happening less than a year removed from reconstructive knee surgery.

More remarkable than all of those numbers and statistics, though, is the fact that Peterson’s sensational individual effort has contributed to the Vikings turnaround. A 3-13 team a season ago, Peterson and the Vikings have taken a major step forward this season and are 8-6 with just two games remaining.

With Peterson pacing the Vikings to this improvement, the team has launched a social media campaign called “Twenty-Eight For 28” to help spur discussion and advance the argument that he is the NFL’s 2012 MVP. The campaign, which began today and will run through the rest of the regular season, and will include 28 reasons the organization believes Peterson should be named the NFL’s MVP.

Some of the reasons will be highlight clips, some will be images, some will be opinions from analysts and other NFL personalities. Each of the reasons will be good, and when all is said and done, the creative, fun campaign for fans will provide a complete argument that promotes Peterson as the MVP.

The campaign can only be viewed on your computer and not through mobile phones. Check out the campaign and Reason #28 by clicking here.


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Frazier’s “Focusing On The Now” Mentality Pays Off For Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 18, 2012 – 7:37 am

This is the time of year when you want to be talking playoffs. If things have broken your way for most of the season and you’ve been able to collect enough wins, you’re in the playoff conversation and often times it’s hard not to look ahead to figure out who you’ll be playing and where you’ll be playing them once the second season rolls around.

That’s not the case for the Vikings, however. They have indeed played well enough and collected enough wins to be one of the teams involved in the playoff conversation, but Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier has determined that in order to stay there, his team must keep its focus on the “now” instead of on what might happen if the Vikings can fight their way into the postseason.

“We did talk about scenarios, but the most important thing we talked about was the Rams and what we had to do to win that game and it won’t be a whole lot different this week,” Frazier explained. “We’ll talk at length about what it will take to beat the Texans in Houston. They’re a very good football team. That’s where our conversation and our focus has to be, on the team that we’re playing.”

If the last two weeks are any indication, Frazier’s philosophy is paying off. The Vikings have won two straight games, defeating a Chicago Bears team that came in with a superior record and then hitting the road to blitz a St. Louis Rams team that was also fighting to stay alive in the NFC playoff chase.

“That win yesterday was huge for our team in the month of December,” Frazier said. “To go on the road, and as we all know, we’ve struggled on the road this season, to go out and play as well as our team played against a team that was fighting for a playoff spot just like we are, for our guys to go out and jump out early the way we did, made all of us very proud of our players. The effort they put into the week’s practice and their preparation as well. It really paid off.”

Since taking over as head coach of the Vikings, Frazier has preached to his team the importance of playing smart, tough and disciplined football. The kind of football most playoff teams feature this time of the season. And that’s the kind of football the Vikings have played coming down the stretch.

“One of the things I was most impressed with about our football team [Sunday] was the discipline they showed throughout,” Frazier said. “We talk all the time about what our team characteristics should be and what we want to look like for opponents and fans as well, but to play smart, tough, disciplined football, that was something we needed to do on the road and we got that done. It was truly Viking football in so many ways.

“Kudos to this group of guys for just focusing on the now and not the past or the future, just the now, which is good.”


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Peterson, Walsh Nominated For Weekly Awards

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 18, 2012 – 6:59 am

The Vikings picked up a huge win on the road in St. Louis last weekend, and that win was the product of many great individual efforts. Two individuals who contributed to that win – RB Adrian Peterson and K Blair Walsh – have been nominated for a trio of weekly awards and Vikings fans can cast their votes to bring the honors home.

Peterson joins Houston’s Arian Foster and Denver’s Knowshon Moreno as finalists for the FedEx NFL Ground Player of the Week award. Peterson rushed for 212 yards and 1 TD on 24 carries. Fans can vote for the award on NFL.com/FedEx from 8 a.m. CT on Tuesday through 2 p.m. CT on Friday to determine the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week. The winner will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

With his 212-yard performance, Peterson took another step toward becoming just the 7th player to rush for 2,000 yards as well as the NFL’s single-season rushing mark. Along with rookie QB Kirk Cousins lifting the Redskins into 1st place with a win on the road in Cleveland and the San Francisco 49ers surviving a 2nd-half rally by the Patriots on Sunday Night Football, Peterson’s pursuit of history has been nominated as a finalist for the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week. Fans can vote for Peterson on NFL.com/gmc through Friday at 2 p.m. CT. The winner will be announced Friday during NFL Network’s “Around the League” show and then posted on NFL.com.

Finally, Walsh has been named a finalist for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week honors after going 5 of 5 on FGs against the Rams, including 3 of 3 on FGs from 50+ yards to raise his season total for 50+ yards FGs to 8 (tied for an NFL record). Also nominated for the award were Cousins, San Francisco’s LaMichael James, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and Seattle’s Russell Wilson.

Fans can vote for Walsh on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 8 a.m. CT and ending on Friday at 2 p.m. CT. The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.


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Current Vikings Set To Support E.J. Henderson’s “Adopt-A-Family” Holiday Event

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 18, 2012 – 6:53 am

E.J. Henderson is no longer chasing quarterbacks and tackling running backs for the Vikings, but he continues to make a difference in the Minnesota community. Henderson, a standout for the Vikings defense from 2004-2011, will be joined by several current Vikings on Tuesday evening to bring smiles to the faces of 36 local families.

Jared Allen, Jasper Brinkley, Fred Evans and Kevin Williams will brighten the Holiday season for the families by taking them on a shopping spree at the downtown Minneapolis Target store. This is the fourth annual E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation-sponsored event, and it’s the third time that Allen has supported Henderson’s event.

While a player for the Vikings, Henderson was one of the organization’s most community-conscious player and in 2010 he was named the Vikings Community Man of the Year.

About the E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation
The E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation (EJHYF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves urban youth in the Twin Cities area.  The mission of the E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation is to provide opportunity and encouragement to urban youth through academic, life skills and athletic programs developing each student in mind, body and soul.  The EJHYF’s goal is to provide youth with the skills to become responsible members of their communities and find success in their future.  The organization uses a three-prong approach that emphasizes the importance of strong Mind, Body and Soul.


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