Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year a day in advance of Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Peterson led the NFL with 1,485 rushing yards and tied for the league lead with 11 rushing touchdowns. He is just the third player in NFL history to lead the league in rushing yards after his 30th birthday and also joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (eight) and LaDainian Tomlinson (nine) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 10 touchdowns in at least eight different seasons.
Peterson has won the NFL rushing title three times (2008, 2012, and 2015) in his nine-year career. He ranks 17th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 11,675 career rushing yards (4.9 yards per rush) and has recorded 97 rushing TDs.
FedEx is donating $50,000 to American Red Cross chapters in Arizona and Minnesota - $25,000 in each player’s name for their local market – to honor the accomplishments of Peterson and Palmer. The funding is used to support disaster relief and a variety of urgent humanitarian needs provided for by the American Red Cross. FedEx also made weekly $2,000 donations to local American Red Cross chapters in each of the winning player’s names for the weekly awards, amounting to a total contribution of $118,000 this season and over $1.7 million since the program’s inception. Peterson has won the weekly award 16 times in his career.
Peterson and Palmer will be honored Saturday night at the NFL Honors show on CBS.
Peterson also won the rushing award in 2012 and 2008. Palmer won the passing award in 2005, too.