Peterson Honored For Charity Work

Adrian Peterson earned a lot of honors as a rookie for the Vikings last year, but his achievements haven't been limited to the football field. Last night, he was honored for his off-the-field work as part of the JB Awards ceremony in Washington D.C.

Adrian Peterson corralled a lot of awards during his rookie season, but Friday he was honored for his activities off the field as one of the recipients of the NFL PLAYERS Gala JB Awards. The award, named for CBS' "NFL Today" host James Brown, honors players who take an active role in their communities with charity work. The event, which was held Friday in Washington D.C., was co-sponsored by NFL PLAYERS – the licensing and advertising arm of the NFL Players Association.

Peterson was selected as one of the recipients of the "Emerging Leader" Award for his volunteer work with Special Olympics Minnesota, The African American Adoption Agency and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota. He also recently began his own foundation – the Adrian Peterson All Day Foundation – and will host a youth football camp in Oklahoma this June.

Other NFL athletes that were honored included Dan Marino, Derrick Brooks, Amobi Okoye, Marques Douglas, Chris Draft, Warrick Dunn, Braylon Edwards, Israel Idonije, Kassim Osgood, Matt Stover, Mack Strong, James Thrash, Kurt Warner, Brian Waters and Roy Williams.

* The 2008 draft is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory. Not only is there confusion at the top – depending on who you ask, the Dolphins may be interested in taking DE Chris Long, OT Jake Long or QB Matt Ryan with the first pick – but the wide receiver position is getting more and more confusing as well. Depending on what type of receiver teams are looking for, draft analysts have some of the top guys projected to go anywhere from the middle of the first round all the way to third round. Among the bouncing fortunes include receivers like James Hardy, Mario Manningham, Early Doucet and Devin Thomas. A lot of teams will be looking for wide receivers, but there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus as to who will go early and who will slide into the later rounds.
* Offensive tackle is becoming a position of rising stock. As many as five or six offensive tackles are expected to go in the first round. Long, Ryan Clady, Jeff Otah and Chris Williams could all be gone by the time the Vikings make their first pick and many believe Gosder Cherilus and Sam Baker could also be off the board by the end of the first round. That could be good news for the Vikings if they aren't targeting an offensive tackle with their first-round pick, since the combination of the top four OTs, the expected selection of Ryan, along with RB Darren McFadden, DTs Glenn Dorsey and Sedrick Ellis and the anticipated selection of DEs Long and Vernon Gholston account for 10 of the picks that would be made before the Vikings are on the clock.
* The Vikings know they will open the season at Green Bay as part of the Monday Night Football package, but the full 2008 schedule isn't expected to be released until Monday, April 14. As it has done the last couple of years, NFL Network will broadcast the announcement of the schedule with an hour-long promoting the event and highlighting the season's most anticipated games.
* The NFL Network's package is going to expand this year. Last year, the regular-season package began on Thanksgiving night with the third Thanksgiving game of the day. This year, it will be begin in Week 10, two weeks before Thanksgiving.
* The Vikings-Packers opener will be broadcast locally on the KSTP Channel 5, the Twin Cities ABC affiliate.

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