Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September and is nominated for another award – NFL Rookie of the Week – that is to be decided Thursday afternoon.
Peterson is only the fourth Viking and the first offensive player since Randy Moss in 1998 to win the award. He not only leads all rookies, but also leads the entire NFC with 383 rushing yards and 549 yards from scrimmage (he has nine receptions for 166 yards, an impressive 18.4-yard average per catch).
The No. 7 overall draft choice is 29 yards ahead of Arizona's Edgerrin James for the NFC lead in rushing yards and has a 5.0-yard average per carry. He is also 35 yards ahead of Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook for scrimmage yards (rushing and receiving) in the NFC. Peterson has a 137.2-yard average for scrimmage yards per game.
Through only four games, Peterson has already matched a franchise record with three 100-yard rushing games by a rookie, the same number Chuck Foreman had in all of 1973 when he was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
"It's an honor to be selected," Peterson said in a statement. "I owe it all to the guys up front. They've done a great job creating opportunities for big plays in the run game and in the pass game. I'm proud because of the hard work I've put in during the offseason and hope if I continue to put God first that there will be more and bigger team goals we can accomplish the rest of the year."
After a 112-yard rushing performance on only 12 carries and a 51-yard kickoff return against Green Bay on Sunday, Peterson is also one of the nominees for the NFL rookie of the week, joining Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe (164 yards receiving, including a 51-yard touchdown); Kansas City's Tyron Brackenridge (50-yard fumble return for a TD and three tackles); Arizona's Steve Breaston (73-yard punt return for a touchdown); and Buffalo's Trent Edwards (22 of 28 passing for 234 yards and a touchdown).
Voting for the rookie of the week award takes place on NFL.com.
Peterson Wins Award; Nominated for Another
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