Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been named the Associated Press 2007 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He is only the fifth Viking to earn the award, joining WR Paul Flatley (1963), RB Chuck Foreman (1973), WR Sammy White (1976) and WR Randy Moss (1998).
Peterson received 46.5 out of a possible 50 votes from a panel of media members who cover the NFL.
Peterson set a Vikings rookie rushing record with 1,341 yards in 2007, which was also second all-time in franchise history, behind Robert Smith's 1,521. Peterson also set the top two single-game rushing marks in Vikings history, with rushing performances of 224 yards against the Chicago Bears and then besting that and all other previous performances in the NFL with a 296-yard day against the San Diego Chargers.
In December, Peterson became only the second Vikings rookie running back to be honored with a Pro Bowl berth, joining Foreman from 1973.
Peterson and Chester Taylor (844 yards) set a team record for rushing yards by a tandem with 2,185 yards. Peterson also had 2,021 combined net yards (rushing, receiving and returning), falling only 30 yards shy of Herschel Walker's 2,051 from 1990. The rookie averaged 25.8 yards per kickoff return.
Peterson finished 134 short of the NFL's leading rusher for the season, amassing 1,341 yards to LaDainian Tomlinson's 1,474 yards. Peterson's rushing total also fell 180 yards short of the team rushing record for a single season.
"All Day" carried the ball 238 times for a 5.6-yard rushing average and 12 touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown – a screen pass that he turned into a 60-yard touchdown in the season opener, putting the league on early notice of his abilities.
A.P. called the AP award an honor and one of his goals in the preseason, but he said getting that award during a playoff run this week would have been better.
Peterson Earns AP Honor
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