• Top 12 Minnesota sports stories of 2012: Adrian Peterson

    Summary of 26 articles · Updated Jan 8, 2013
    Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson to return kicks for Minnesota Vikings? [NFL.com] Adrian Peterson is, last we checked, the best thing going in football. We'd scoff if anyone other than Adrian Peterson were to say, as Adrian Peterson did this week, that he doesn't just want to break the single-season rushing record, he wants to obliterate it. His accuracy from long distance has been a key for an offense that for large parts of the year was Adrian Peterson and not much else, and that will be more important as they head into the playoffs. For most of 2012, delivering an extraordinary recovery from ACL surgery, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson aimed to deliver a lesson that, in his words, “all things can be accomplished when you have faith and belief.” And what, if anything, can the Packers do to slow him down Saturday night at Lambeau Field? Speaking to reporters this week, Packers players mostly blamed undisciplined gap integrity for allowing Peterson to pop off big runs that ballooned his total against them.
    • Twitter campaign gets Adrian Peterson to call cancer-stricken boy

      How great was Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s season?  It was so great that he’s still doing great things, even after the season ended. Via the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, a Twitter campaign launched by friends of a Fairport, New York teen
    • Adrian Peterson responds to '#APCallBlake'

      Like many of you, I watched the "#APCallBlake" campaign ramp up Monday night on Twitter. Friends of a New York teenager named Blake Cognata tweeted Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson, requesting that he call Cognata and offer encourage…
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Friends Successfully Use Twitter To Get Adrian Peterson To Call High School Kid With Cancer

      At least, it appears they succeeded. The friend with cancer, Blake Cognata, is a senior lacrosse player from Fairport, NY who is also Minnesota Vikings fan. From what we can gather, Cognata seems to be a pretty good dude. Unsurprisingly, then, a grounds…
      Source: deadspin.com
    • Near-record season not enough for Peterson

      He will push himself and his teammates hard this offseason.
    • Adrian Peterson plans on bringing "All Day" intensity to Honolulu

      The Vikings star running back had some interesting thoughts before exiting Winter Park for the offseason.
    • Vikings' plan works early but not often

      An offensive strategy built around Adrian Peterson looked promising in the first quarter but quickly fell apart.
    • Green Bay bar taunts Adrian Peterson with sign

      It probably isn't a good thing to make Adrian Peterson angry, but a bar in Green Bay is going ahead and doing it any way before the Packers' big wild-card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night. The above picture was snapped in an …
      Source: yahoo.com
    • Clay Matthews vows that Adrian Peterson won’t gain 200 yards

      When preparing to play any other running back, an opposing defense might talk about totally shutting him down. But against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the Packers have set a goal that is not nearly that lofty. “We aren’t giving up 200 again,
    • Wild-card weekend preview: Packers should win even if Adrian Peterson runs wild

      For the second time in six days, and the third time this season, the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will face off. This time, the stakes are higher for both teams, and having split their NFC North series so far, the longtime rivals will see who…
      Source: yahoo.com
    • Souhan: If Peterson's season isn't greatest in state history, it's close

      There have been many outstanding performances by Minnesota sports stars -- Kirby Puckett, Kevin Garnett, Alan Page, to name but a few -- but the Vikings' phenomenal running back is eclipsing them with his 2,000-yard season.
    • Peterson has a way to get Dickerson in the playoffs

      After Vikings running back Adrian Peterson came up nine yards short in his effort to set the single-season rushing record, he had a message for the current holder of the record, Eric Dickerson. “I’m coming for you,” Peterson said to Dickerson, via P
    • Extremely close race between Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning for MVP,  as it is Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell

      It's award time now that the regular season is over. Without further ado, here are our picks and pans for 2012: MVP - We go to tiebreakers here because of what Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson meant to their teams.
    • Adrian Peterson honored for greatest rushing month ever

      Adrian Peterson had 861 rushing yards in December, the most any player has ever gained in any month in NFL history. So it’s not exactly a surprise that he was chosen as the NFC’s offensive player of the month. But while the honor isn’t surprising, t
    • Manning, Peterson and the Major N.F.L. Awards

      Adrian Peterson, with his 2,097 rushing yards, deserves to win the offensive player of the year award, while Peyton Manning should be named M.V.P. for this season.
      Source: nytimes.com
  • Peterson, Walsh named NFC players of the month

    In the least surprising Adrian Peterson news of the season, the Vikings' star running back added another accolade as the Offensive Player of the Month for December. Kicker Blair Walsh was Special Teams Player of the Month.
    • Blair Walsh wins another player of the week honor

      Vikings rookie Blair Walsh has already proven himself to be a good kicker, but he’s showing he can hit at big times as well. For making last week’s game-winning, playoff-clinching field goal as time expired, he was named NFC special teams player of th
  • Ryan Broyles wants to find out how Adrian Peterson rehabbed his ACL

    The Lions and Vikings are divisional rivals, but Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles hopes that sharing an alma mater with Adrian Peterson makes the Vikings running back open to helping out a player from Detroit. Broyles tore the ACL in his right knee in e…

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