A.P. Up For Another Honor

Adrian Peterson could get another honor aside from Rookie of the Year and top vote-getter among Pro Bowl running backs. He is one of three finalists for the fan-voted FedEx Air & Ground Players of the year, where fans pick the winner at the NFL's official website.

The honors just keep coming for Adrian Peterson.

A.P. is one of five finalists for the FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year, an annual award that honors the best quarterback and running back of the season. Peterson is one of three finalists for the Ground Player of the Year award, which is run by the NFL's official website. He joins LaDainian Tomlinson of the Chargers and Fred Taylor of the Jaguars as the three finalists. The two finalists for the Air Player of the Year are Tom Brady and Brett Favre.

Of the five finalists, Peterson is the only one whose team still isn't alive for the Super Bowl championship.

WEDNESDAY NOTES
* Members of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commissioner are conducting public hearings in outstate Minnesota to make the case why a new Vikings stadium would be valuable to people throughout the state. Public meetings are scheduled for Fargo-Moorhead, St. Cloud and Duluth this week.
* The Miami media seems to be sharing the feeling that Vikings fans have that perhaps Leslie Frazier was interviewed by the Dolphins simply to meet the requirements of the "Rooney Rule" – the necessity for organizations to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching openings. When asked if he believed his interview was the result of the Rooney Rule, Frazier told a Miami newspaper, "I think it was respected. Having myself in and I don't know who the other candidates are, but giving them the opportunity to sit down and talk about the job shows that they respect it." Tony Sparano, who worked with Bill Parcells in Dallas, remains the clear frontrunner for the job.
* In a related story, John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance – a group formed in 2003 to assure that minority candidates get more opportunities with respect to head coaching and front office positions – said Tuesday he doesn't believe no deal is already in place to hire Sparano.
* The coaching vacancies this season have been somewhat unexpected, with Bobby Petrino bailing on the Falcons, Cam Cameron being fired after just one season, Brian Billick getting the gaspipe after a self-proclaimed announcement that he would return and Joe Gibbs stepping away Tuesday to tend to family matters.
* Javon Walker apparently has softened his stance somewhat on wanting away from the Broncos. A week after saying he doesn't think he's a good fit, Walker apologized. But he added that he has big salary cap number and roster bonuses coming up soon. He said his future is going to be up to the Broncos and he still is fine whether he remains with the team or is traded or released.
* Cortez Hankton, who was one of the Vikings final cuts Sept. 1, signed with the Buccaneers Tuesday.
* From the "Who'd Believe Department" comes this: Jaguars RB Fred Taylor was added to the Pro Bowl roster Tuesday. Despite having borderline Hall of Fame numbers, this will be Taylor's first Pro Bowl selection.


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