National Football League
                   === Vikings RB Peterson voted NFL MVP ===
 New  Orleans, LA  (Sports Network)  -  Minnesota Vikings  running back  Adrian
 Peterson  was  named the NFL's Most  Valuable Player Saturday, as voted by the
 Associated Press.
 Peterson,  who also  captured  the  2012 top  offensive  player honor  earlier
 Saturday  night,  posted  the  second-highest rushing  total  in  NFL  history
 this  past season. He  finished with 2,097 yards, just eight yards shy of Eric
 Dickerson's NFL record 2,105 yards in 1984.
 "It's  truly an  honor to be recognized as the league's most valuable player,"
 said  Peterson.  "While the  award is considered  an individual achievement, I
 couldn't  have had the success that I did without my teammates, my coaches and
 the  Vikings  organization. I'm blessed  to be a member  of the Vikings, and I
 hope  next  year we can get  the ultimate team  award by bringing a Super Bowl
 championship to Minnesota."
 In  the  voting from 50  national media members,  Peterson had 30 1/2 tallies.
 Denver  quarterback  Peyton Manning, who  was honored as the league's comeback
 player of the year, had the other 19 1/2 votes.
 Peterson,  who  recovered  from  tearing  the  anterior  cruciate  and  medial
 collateral  ligaments in  his left knee near  the end of the 2011 season, also
 had  12  rushing touchdowns and a  receiving score and helped the Vikings into
 the playoffs.
 Peterson  joins QB  Fran Tarkenton (1975) and  DT Alan Page (1971) as the only
 Vikings to win the MVP. He's the first running back to win MVP since LaDainian
 Tomlinson (2006).
 02/02 21:42:56 ET