Vikings Teammates Select Adrian Peterson as Ed Block Courage Award Recipient 19 Dec 12

Eden Prairie, MN (December 18, 2012) – Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been selected as the 2012 Ed Block Courage Award recipient by his teammates.  

 

During Week 16 of the 2011 season, Peterson tore his ACL and MCL against the Washington Redskins. Eight months removed from the major knee injury, Peterson was true to his word and was in the starting lineup for Week 1 of the 2012 season. Peterson scored 2 TDs and rushed for 84 yards in the overtime victory versus Jacksonville. The 4-time Pro Bowler has appeared and started in all 14 games this season.

 

Peterson is in the midst of his greatest season as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The 2-time All-Pro RB currently leads the NFL with 1,812 rushing yards and is tied for 2nd with 11 rushing TDs. Over the past 8 games, Peterson has rushed for over 100 yards 8 times and eclipsed the 200-yard mark twice. His 1,313 rushing yards since Week 7 ranks as the best 8-game stretch in NFL history. With 2 games to play, the 6-year veteran is 294 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards set in 1984. He has tied Barry Sanders’ (’97) record of 7 50+ yard rushes in a single season. Peterson has 2 TD runs of 82 yards this season, a career long.

 

Since 1984 the Ed Block Courage Awards annually honors one player from every NFL team who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Recipients are selected by a vote of their teammates to recognize both on and off the field extra efforts and their ability to overcome great adversity, whether it be personal or professional. The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts. Winners travel to Baltimore every March to receive their trophy at a gala in their honor and spend time at the local Courage House at St. Vincent’s Center, a facility specializing in working with abused children. This visit, and the time spent with the children, allows each recipient to fully comprehend the true meaning of the award.

 

For more information on the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, visit www.edblock.org.

 

Vikings Ed Block Courage Honorees

Adrian Peterson…….2012

Anthony Herrera………2011

Cedric Griffin…………… 2010

E.J. Henderson……….. 2009

Kenechi Udeze……….. 2008

Chad Greenway……… 2007

Matt Birk………………….. 2006

Koren Robinson………. 2005

Corey Chavous……….. 2004

 

 

Eric Kelly…………………. 2003

Lewis Kelly……………… 2002

Daunte Culpepper….. 2001

Gary Anderson………… 2000

Robert Griffith………….. 1999

Randall Cunningham 1998

Robert Smith…………… 1997

Scottie Graham……….. 1996

John Randle……………. 1995

Cris Carter………………. 1994

Henry Thomas………… 1993

 

 

Darrin Nelson………….. 1992

Terry Allen………………. 1991

Gary Zimmerman……. 1990

Jim Gustafson…………. 1989

Leo Lewis……………….. 1988

Scott Studwell…………. 1987

Walker Lee Ashley….. 1986

Keith Nord……………….. 1985

Steve Riley………………. 1984