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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