NEW ORLEANS (CBSNewYork/AP) — Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson is the NFL’s Most Valuable Player as selected by an Associated Press vote.
The running back coming back from major knee surgery beat out Denver quarterback Peyton Manning on Saturday night.
It’s Peterson’s second award of the night after winning Offensive Player of the Year.
Peterson led the Vikings from a 3-13 mark to 10-6 and a wild-card playoff berth. He is the first running back to win MVP since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006.
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson thanked God, his parents, teammates and coaches for propelling him to the Associated Press 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player award.
And he wants to win the hardware again — and perhaps get a Super Bowl ring to go along with it.
“God willing, next year I’ll be accepting this award again. Trying to get two or three like Peyton (Manning). Trying to get to your level … But I won’t be there to accept it because I’ll be winning with my coach, the most important award, the team award, the Super Bowl.”
Peterson went from major knee surgery to dominating voting in The Associated Press 2012 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.It helps that he rushed for 2,109 yards, 9 short of Eric Dickerson’s record.Peterson had 36 of 50 votes; Denver quarterback Peyton Manning had eight.Peterson scored 12 touchdowns rushing and averaged 6.0 yards per carry.
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