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MVPeterson — Adrian Named NFL’s Most Valuable Player

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 2, 2013 – 7:53 pm

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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Tarkenton In His Own Words

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 11, 2010 – 10:11 am

The 2010 season constitutes the Vikings 50th in franchise history and the organization has embarked on a season-long celebration to honor this moment, with the pinnacle moment of the celebration being an awards ceremony on Sunday, December 19 where the organization will unveil its 50 Greatest Players and also recognize other valuable members and aspects of 50 years of Vikings football.

One of the greatest Vikings of all-time – QB Fran Tarkenton – has committed to attending the event. And he’s also gone a step further by creating a video in which he speaks about his excitement for the upcoming event, the first-ever Vikings team and also the relationship he has with his former head coach, Bud Grant.

We encourage you to click the link in the paragraph above this one to watch and listen to Tarkenton. It’s a treat to hear him speak about his time with the Vikings and a recent conversation he had with his former head coach. If this video is any indication of the kind of night December 19 will be, those who’ve purchased tickets to be in the building for this once-in-a-lifetime event will have a time they’ll never forget.

The Vikings anticipate tremendous attendance among its alumni, with players such as Anthony Carter, Cris Carter, Chris Doleman, Tommy Kramer, Jim Marshall, Randall McDaniel, Ahmad Rashad and Robert Smith all confirming their participation.

You can be there, too. A limited number of tickets are available for this exclusive event.

To purchase your tickets, click here.


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Tarkenton To Attend Vikings Celebration Of 50 Seasons

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 8, 2010 – 2:28 pm

The 2010 season constitutes the Vikings 50th in franchise history and the organization has embarked on a season-long celebration to honor past achievements, unforgettable teams, great players and a deep-rooted football tradition that is enjoyed by a passionate fan base.

The pinnacle of this celebration will occur on Sunday night, December 19 when the Vikings will host an event at the Minneapolis Convention Center to celebrate the stories, the heroes and the moments that defined a football team and created a shared Minnesota passion.

As part of the event, the organization will unveil its 50 Greatest Vikings players of all time, as well as honor Vikings contributors throughout the 50-year history. One of the greatest Vikings players of all time is QB Fran Tarkenton, and the Hall of Famer has committed to attending the event.

Fran Tarkenton

The Vikings anticipate tremendous attendance among its alumni, with players such as Anthony Carter, Cris Carter, Chris Doleman, Tommy Kramer, Jim Marshall, Randall McDaniel, Ahmad Rashad and Robert Smith all confirming their participation.

You can be there, too. A limited number of tickets are available for this exclusive event.

To purchase your tickets, click here.

Tarkenton was a 3rd round selection by the Vikings in the organization’s first draft in 1961. He spent 13 seasons with the Vikings (1961-66, 1972-78), guiding the team to 3 Super Bowl appearances (VIII, IX and XI) and 6 consecutive NFC Central championships.

A 4-time All-NFL selection with 9 Pro Bowl appearances, Tarkenton finished his career as the Vikings all-time leader in completions (2,635) attempts (4,569), passing yards (33,098) and TDs (239). The 1975 NFL Most Valuable Player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 2, 1986 and was enshrined into the Vikings Ring of Honor on September 9, 1998.


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Tarkenton To Appear On “Vikings at 50″ On KFAN Tonight

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on October 19, 2010 – 2:53 pm

Vikings legend Fran Tarkenton will be the guest on “Vikings at 50” – the team’s radio show – tonight at 6:30 PM CST on KFAN 1130 AM or http://www.kfan.com.  The audio will then be available via KFAN.com’s Fan On Demand section.

 


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