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Peterson Named NFL’s Most Valuable Player

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 at 8:10 am

Adrian Peterson was named the Associated Press 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Award on Saturday.

Peterson, who returned this season after major knee surgery, rushed for 2,019 yards. He was just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s rushing record. He also rushed for 12 touchdowns on the season.

Peterson received 30 1-2 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Peyton Manning, of the Denver Broncos, got the other 19 1-2 votes.

Earlier Saturday, Peterson won Offensive Player of the Year.

“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.”

Alan Page, in 1971, and Fran Tarkenton, in 1975, are the only other Vikings to be named MVP.

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