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Adrian Peterson named offensive player of the year

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One of the best seasons by a running back in NFL history has earned Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson offensive player of the year honors.

Peterson earned the award with 36 of 50 votes by an Associated Press panel of NFL writers.

Peterson finished the season with 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns, just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s all-time single-season rushing record. Peterson managed to do so just eight months removed from a torn ACL.

Peterson started all 16 games for the Vikings and helped carry them to a postseason berth. Minnesota finished the season 10-6 after winning just three games in 2011. Peterson ran for 150 yards or more in a game seven times this season. Peterson also caught 40 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning finished second with eight votes. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson each received two votes.

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40 Responses to “Adrian Peterson named offensive player of the year”
  1. In the Weeds says: Feb 2, 2013 8:42 PM

    Sweet.
    Dude is Terrifying.

  2. jrebar88 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:42 PM

    PFM MVP

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 2, 2013 8:43 PM

    Alfred Morris is the better RB.

  4. fredsingleton says: Feb 2, 2013 8:43 PM

    8 yds from breaking the NFL rushing yes record in a season. Deserved to say the least.

    Vikings aren’t even in relevant without him.

  5. gloryfromheaven says: Feb 2, 2013 8:43 PM

    Has there ever been a player who has won an offensive player of the year award and a MVP award?

  6. jcbadger34 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:44 PM

    This pretty much guarantees that Peyton’s going to rob him of the MVP. They always seem to split OPOY and MVP, even though it usually doesn’t make sense. (See: last year, with Drew Brees winning OPOY in a landslide somehow, while Rodgers walked away with the MVP, as he should have).

  7. ravensfan19 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:45 PM

    MVP

  8. mattolikesthevikes says: Feb 2, 2013 8:45 PM

    AD baby!!!!

  9. bigks77 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:47 PM

    Get the mantle ready for the big dog AP……MVP!!!!

  10. drekomp says: Feb 2, 2013 8:48 PM

    Congrats to 2097 A.D.

  11. kgun80 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:52 PM

    Thank you AP.. Best 3rd round fantasy pick ever!! Seriously though the guy is a beast. In today’s pass happy league it’s awesome to see a player who may be the best ever when it’s all said and done. I’m not old enough to say I saw Jim Brown.. But I’m pretty sure this guy will go down as one of the all time greatest athletes to play the game.

  12. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:56 PM

    If he only had 217 reception yards, that shows the Vikings need to do many more screen plays.

  13. 1chilla says: Feb 2, 2013 8:59 PM

    Never seen a running back recovery from a acl like a.p did his speed and strength was unreal this season he’ll be next player linked to HGH are deer antler spray.

  14. chattanola says: Feb 2, 2013 9:00 PM

    Rodgers and Brady each got two votes.

    They are lucky that Russell, Luck and RGIII were rookies this year. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have gotten any votes at all.

  15. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 2, 2013 9:04 PM

    Obvious choice. Manning will win MVP. All will be right.

  16. gambeast5533 says: Feb 2, 2013 9:05 PM

    Has there ever been a player who has won an offensive player of the year award and a MVP award?

    Tom Brady won it in 2007 and 2010.

  17. vikefan says: Feb 2, 2013 9:08 PM

    The Vikings organization and fans knew it, now the rest of the world does also.

  18. gosuhgo says: Feb 2, 2013 9:08 PM

    I was hopin theyd let megatron have this one. Its redundant to have AD win both cause you know that man is the mvp.

  19. ravenouso says: Feb 2, 2013 9:09 PM

    Couldn’t be more deserving. Congrats to the man.

  20. RUAHORNH8R says: Feb 2, 2013 9:12 PM

    Alfred Morris is a great Back, had a terrific year, and helped me win my Fantasy League, but to say he is the better back than AP?? There is only 1 of 2 logical explanations for such a comment.
    A- you are knowingly trying to get a rise out of people
    B- you are a complete idiot!
    And I am leaning towards door #2

  21. hobbs2013 says: Feb 2, 2013 9:13 PM

    Very deserving. AD will go down as the GOAT at his position and one of the best football players of all time when it’s all said and done.

  22. jerryyouradisgrace says: Feb 2, 2013 9:17 PM

    and he just was named MVP….very deserving…this guy is super human

  23. fuglyflorio says: Feb 2, 2013 9:19 PM

    Too bad. Only because he so campaigned for it. Maybe next year players can hire ad agencies and do self-promotional videos.

  24. vikesfanforlife says: Feb 2, 2013 9:20 PM

    logicalvoicesays must be stoned. lol. Alfred Morris is a fine back, but better than AP? Come on man! you must be a Skins fan. you officially win the “Biggest homer statement of the year award”. seriously. Wow

  25. kinggw says: Feb 2, 2013 9:22 PM

    I guess some of you don’t realize that Peterson won the MVP.

  26. thejuddstir says: Feb 2, 2013 9:31 PM

    Anyone who really knows football has said all along it was Peterson in a run-away. Bronco homers and Manning fans from Indy thought just the opposite. Guess it shows the difference between a real football fan and a homer. 36 votes to Mannings 8 = run-away.

  27. daknight93 says: Feb 2, 2013 9:33 PM

    Wow! congrats to AP being offensive player of year…well deserved.

  28. lnfinite says: Feb 2, 2013 9:34 PM

    Class act and also MVP

  29. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 2, 2013 9:47 PM

    Good lord did they really need to make an actual award SHOW for this?

    I guess egos need constant, and incessant stroking.

  30. whatjusthapped says: Feb 2, 2013 10:01 PM

    Too bad the best RB in the NFL for the past five years will never sniff a Superbowl playing for that inept franchise.

  31. hurrayforyogapants says: Feb 2, 2013 10:13 PM

    I love AD more than anyone, but I don’t think he was the MVP. If not for CP’s performance against the Packers, we wouldn’t even have made the playoffs.

  32. dolfanz019 says: Feb 2, 2013 10:15 PM

    Calvin Johnson should’ve gotten it. Adrian Peterson is obviously the best Running Back in football, but Calvin should’ve won something.

  33. Little Earthquake says: Feb 2, 2013 10:35 PM

    Such a classy player, hard to believe he’s a Viking.

  34. indyspeedo says: Feb 2, 2013 10:55 PM

    He had a great season and all of the campaigning he did to win the award paid off. Peyton deserved yet another MVP the man has proven all doubters that he is still capable of playing at the highest level.

  35. packerbacker12 says: Feb 2, 2013 10:59 PM

    Hate the Vikings but it is hard not to like Adrian Peterson. The dude is a beast.

  36. veence69 says: Feb 3, 2013 12:25 AM

    APMVP

  37. skolvikes says: Feb 3, 2013 2:18 AM

    whatjusthapped says: Feb 2, 2013 10:01 PM

    Too bad the best RB in the NFL for the past five years will never sniff a Superbowl playing for that inept franchise.
    —————

    What a great point whatjusthapped (sic)(pretty sure he was going for happened, but couldn’t spell it right) just made.

    The Vikings have only made the playoffs 3 out of APs 6 years….

  38. staffordsyear says: Feb 3, 2013 2:51 AM

    Congrats…but if the vikings rely on him this much he will be an afterthought in 2-3 years.

  39. dc4546 says: Feb 3, 2013 2:51 AM

    thejuddstir says:
    Feb 2, 2013 9:31 PM
    Anyone who really knows football has said all along it was Peterson in a run-away. Bronco homers and Manning fans from Indy thought just the opposite. Guess it shows the difference between a real football fan and a homer. 36 votes to Mannings 8 = run-away.
    ——————————————————-

    Adrian Peterson totally deserved this award. He is an unbelievable player. But thejuddstir calling people out for being homers? Give me a break.

  40. randallflagg52 says: Feb 3, 2013 3:24 AM

    I think Shaun Alexander and Tomlinson both won OPOY and MVPs in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

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