Peterson named MVP 04 Feb 13

Eden Prairie, MN (February 2, 2013) – Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was named the Associated Press’ 2012 Most Valuable Player during tonight’s 2nd Annual NFL Honors Awards Show, held in New Orleans, LA. Voted on by 50 national media members, the award is largely considered the highest individual honor a player can receive in a single season and is the first Associated Press MVP award for a Vikings player in over 35 years.

“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.”

“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.”

After rupturing his ACL and MCL on December 24, 2011, Peterson bounced back in 2012 to post the 2nd-highest rushing total in NFL history, finishing with 2,097 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Peterson’s total fell just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s NFL record 2,105 yards. Peterson finished more than 400 yards ahead of the 2nd-leading rusher in 2012 and earned his second career NFL rushing title (2008). The sixth-year player from Oklahoma set the NFL record for most rushing yards in 10 consecutive games with 1,598 yards and tied NFL single-season records for most 50+ yard runs (7) and most games with 150+ rushing yards (7).

Peterson helped lead the Vikings to the biggest single-season turnaround in team history, improving from three wins in 2011 to 10 victories this year. The team made its first playoff appearance since 2009 after winning four consecutive games to close out the 2012 regular season.

Peterson joins QB Fran Tarkenton (1975) and DT Alan Page (1971) as the only Vikings to win the Associated Press MVP award. He becomes the first running back to win MVP since LaDainian Tomlinson (2006), breaking a streak of five consecutive years with a quarterback winning the award. The Palestine, Texas, native becomes the 16th different running back to gain the honor.

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

Peterson’s 2012 NFL Awards

Most Valuable Player – Associated Press

Most Valuable Player – Pro Football Weekly/PFWA

Bert Bell Award (Most Valuable Player) – Maxwell Football Club

Co-Most Valuable Player – Pro Football Focus

Offensive Player of the Year – Associated Press

Ground Player of the Year – FedEx

First-Team All-Pro – Associated Press

First-Team All-Pro – Pro Football Focus

All-NFL Team – Pro Football Weekly/PFWA

2013 Pro Bowl Starter – National Football League

NFC Offensive Player of the Year – NFL 101

Offensive Player of the Year – Pro Football Focus

Offensive Player of the Year – Pro Football Weekly/PFWA

Comeback Player of the Year – Pro Football Weekly/PFWA

Fantasy Player of the Year –



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