Peterson Named Vikings Community Man Of The Year
Adrian Peterson is having his best season on the field and now he’s also being recognized for making a difference off it.
The Minnesota Vikings announced on Monday that Peterson will be named their 2012 community man of the year.
The Vikings executive director of community relations said in a statement that in his 20 years with the Vikings, he has never come across a player of Adrian’s stature who has been more kind, positive and humble to be around, adding that he felt privileged to see the joy Adrian brings to others, whether congratulating a Special Olympic athlete, talking with a youngster whose one Make-A-Wish is to meet Adrian Peterson, or thanking veterans for their service to our nation.
Peterson will be presented with the award at an event for Special Olympics Minnesota on Tuesday.
His “All Day” Foundation raises awareness and funds for at-risk kids. He pledged $1 million to the University of Oklahoma in support of student-athletes, donated $50,000 to Team Rubicon’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts provided Thanksgiving meals to 400 families in Palestine, Texas.
Coming off left knee reconstruction surgery, Peterson already has rushed for 1,600 yards — 334 more than Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch for tops in the league.