Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Named NFL MVP

Updated: 02/03/2013 9:21 AM

Adrian Peterson's sensational season following major knee surgery has earned him The Associated Press 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
Earlier Saturday, Peterson won Offensive Player of the Year.

The Minnesota Vikings running back finished with 2,019 yards, a mere 9 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's rushing record. Peterson beat out Peyton Manning, who in his first season as Denver's quarterback contended for a fifth MVP trophy. Manning's four are a record.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized as the league’s most valuable player,” said Peterson. “While the award is considered an individual achievement, I couldn’t have had the success that I did without my teammates, my coaches and the Vikings organization. I’m blessed to be a member of the Vikings, and I hope next year we can get the ultimate team award by bringing a Super Bowl championship to Minnesota.”

Peterson joins Alan Page (1971) and Fran Tarkenton (1975) as the only three men in Vikings history to earn MVP honors.

"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 received 30 1-2 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Manning got the other 19 1-2 votes.
Peterson led the Vikings from a 3-13 mark to 10-6 and a wild-card playoff berth. He is the first running back to win MVP since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006.
Peterson accepted his award at the "2nd Annual NFL Honors" show on CBS saluting the NFL's best players, performances and plays from the 2012 season.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)

A list of Peterson’s 2012 awards to date is below:

Peterson’s 2012 NFL Awards

Peterson’s 2012 NFL Records
•       2nd most rushing yards in a Season: 2,097 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 2012
1st: 2,105 Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles, 1984
•       Most rushing yards in any Month, Season: 861 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, December 2012
Old: 800 Chris Johnson, Tennessee, November 2009
•       Most rushing yards in 10 consecutive games: 1,598 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 10/21/12 - 12/30/12
Old: 1,507 Earl Campbell, Houston, 10/12/80 - 12/14/80
•       Consecutive games with a 60+ yard run: 3 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 10/25/12 - 11/11/12
Tied: 3 Michael Bennett, Minnesota, 11/3/02 - 11/17/02
•       Most 50+ yard runs, Season: 7 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 2012
  Tied: 7 Barry Sanders, Detroit, 1997
•       Most 150+ yard games rushing, Season: 7 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 2012
   Tied: 7 Earl Campbell, Houston, 1980

Peterson’s 2012 Vikings Records
•       Most rushing yards, Season: 2,097 Adrian Peterson, 2012
Old: 1,760 Adrian Peterson, 2008
•       Most 100+ rushing yards in a Half, Season: 6 Adrian Peterson, 2012
Old: 5 Adrian Peterson, 2008
•       Most 200 yard games rushing, Season: 2 Adrian Peterson, 2012
Tied: 2 Adrian Peterson, 2007
•       Most 150 yard games rushing, Season: 7 Adrian Peterson, 2007-12
Tied: 3 Adrian Peterson, 2008
•       Most 100 yard games rushing, Season: 10 Adrian Peterson, 2012
Tied: 10 Adrian Peterson, 2008
•       Most rushing attempts, Career: 1,754 Adrian Peterson, 2007-12
   Old: 1,627 Bill Brown, 1962-74
•       Most rushing yards, Career: 8,849 Adrian Peterson, 2007-12
Old: 6,818 Robert Smith, 1993-00

Vikings 2012 Team Records
•       Most rushing yards, Season: 2,634 in 2012
   Tied: 2,634 in 2007
•       Highest rushing average, Season: 5.4 in 2012
   Old: 5.3 in 2007
•       Most rushing yards per game, Season: 164.6 in 2012
   Tied: 164.6 in 2007
•       Most 100 rushing yard games by player, Season: 10 in 2012
   Tied: 10 in 2008