Adrian Peterson is the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.
It’s not often a NFL franchise has one of its former players elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s even more infrequent that a NFL franchise has one of its current players win the NFL’s MVP award. The Vikings had both happen on the same day, as two of the greatest players in franchise history provided a Hall of Fame-MVP sweep on Saturday in New Orleans.
Peterson was named the 2012 NFL MVP on Saturday night at the annual NFL Honors Awards Show, and earlier in the day Cris Carter was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Peterson also won the following awards: AP Offensive Player of the Year, FedEx Ground Player of the Year and NFL.com Fantasy Football Player of the Year.
“As an organization, we are extremely proud of Adrian’s accomplishments this past season,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “He is a great representative of the Minnesota Vikings both on and off the field, and we want to congratulate him on this incredible honor.”
Peterson rushed his way into the history books in 2012, less than a year removed from a serious knee injury and grueling rehabilitation process. He finished the season with 2,097 yards rushing, the second-highest total in League history and just 9 yards shy of breaking Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s NFL record (2,105).
Aside from ranking #1 in the NFL in rushing yards, Peterson also ranked#1 in yards per attempt (among RBs) at 6.0, #1 in carries of 20+ yards (27), #1 in rushes for a 1st down (85), #2 in carries (348), and #3 in rushing TDs (12). Peterson tied Earl Campbell for the most games with at least 150 rushing yards in a single season (7) and from Week 7 through Week 15 he accumulated 1,313 yards in 8 games, the most over any 8-game span in a single season in NFL history.
The historic season Peterson authored was instrumental in the Vikings generating the greatest single-season win increase in franchise history, going from 3 wins in 2011 to 10 wins in 2012 in addition to making the playoffs as a Wild Card team.
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Professional athletes will tell you there’s no greater honor than to earn the respect of your peers. Vikings legend Cris Carter officially became an NFL legend on Saturday when he was named a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013, and it’s apparent based on the reaction of his fellow Hall of Famers that Carter did indeed earn the respect of his peers.
Here’s a sampling of what some of Carter’s fellow Hall of Famers and other peers have stated in reaction to Carter being inducted as part of the Class of 2013.
“Scouts can’t measure instinct. All the great players have great instinct, and Cris Carter had as great of receiver instincts as any to ever play the game. He was an exceptional football player that knew how to adjust to the ball from the instant the ball left the quarterback’s hand. Cris had some of the greatest hands in the history of the NFL, and I personally never remember him dropping a ball.” — Bud Grant, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1994
“I played with a lot of prominent receivers but Cris Carter was by far the most talented and competitive. Having Cris was like having another quarterback on the field. He was such a great student of the game and knew defenses and routes better than anyone I played with. He was able to take advantage of opponents because of how much work he put in during the week. He wanted the ball in clutch situations and made big plays when they counted most.” — Warren Moon, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2006
“Cris Carter was as productive as any receiver in the mid-90s and his numbers prove that. He played the slot position as well as anyone. In terms of purely catching the football, I haven’t seen anybody in my time better than Cris Carter.” — Tony Dungy, former Tampa Bay and Indianapolis Head Coach and Vikings Defensive Coordinator
“When you needed a clutch catch to keep the drive alive, there was no one better than Cris Carter. And when the game was on the line, you wanted the play called to #80. As they said, all he did was catch touchdowns.” — Randall McDaniel, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2009
“Cris is one of the best receivers to ever play our game. His hands, route running and big play ability separated him from others at his position. It was always a challenge physically and mentally to play against him.” — Deion Sanders, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2011
“I’ve been around the NFL a long time, and know an elite receiver when I see one. Cris certainly fits that mold and deserves a place in Canton.” — Dan Marino, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2005
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The wait is over for Cris Carter. The greatest wide receiver in Vikings history and one of the most productive receivers in NFL history was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on Saturday in New Orleans.
By many measures, Carter authored a Hall of Fame-worthy career. He retired in 2002 after 16 seasons (12 with the Vikings) and at the time ranked second in NFL history with 130 receiving touchdowns and 1,101 receptions; those numbers still rank fourth all-time, and he added 13,899 receiving yards, as well.
And now, by the most important measure – votes cast by the Hall of Fame selection committee – Carter’s career goes from being described as “Hall of Fame-worthy” to “Hall of Fame.”
Carter spent 12 seasons (1990-2001) with the Vikings and crafted a brilliant career that has placed him among the NFL’s other greats in Canton, Ohio. Carter was a part of Vikings teams that suffered losing seasons only twice in 12 seasons, made the playoffs 8 times in his final 10 Vikings seasons, and his teams were 76-29 (including playoffs) in games in which he caught a touchdown.
Although the team’s results fluctuated during Carter’s tenure with the Vikings, his production remained consistent. Carter played in 188 games as a Viking, starting 177 of them, and he played in all 16 games of a season 11 times in 12 seasons with the Vikings. He was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, earned 8 straight Pro Bowls from 1993-2000 and was selected as an All-Pro 4 times. Carter also helped 3 quarterbacks earn Pro Bowl berths – Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon and Daunte Culpepper – and he made the playoffs 8 times with 7 different passers in Minnesota.
“I played with a lot of prominent receivers, but Cris Carter was by far the most talented and competitive,” Moon, also a Pro Football Hall of Famer, said. “Having Cris was like having another quarterback on the field. He was such a great student of the game and knew defenses and routes better than anyone I played with. He was able to take advantage of opponents because of how much work he put in during the week. He wanted the ball in clutch situations and made big plays when they counted most.”
Carter’s unmatched skills, durability and tireless work ethic allowed him to re-write the Vikings record book and establish marks that won’t be challenged for years to come. He is the franchise leader in receptions (1,004), receiving yards (12,383) and receiving touchdowns (110), and he set a franchise record with a reception in 111 consecutive games. Carter caught 122 passes in consecutive 7 (1994 and 1995) and holds the Vikings record for career 100-yard receiving games with 40. He was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor and had his #80 jersey retired on September 14, 2003.
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