Peterson is Run Away Winner of Offensive Rookie of the Year

(Philadelphia, PA) — As predicted by yours truly in my NFL Kickoff article — might be the only prediction I got right, but who cares – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was the run away with NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award for 2007.  Peterson earned 46½ of the 50 votes cast with Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas finishing a distant second with 3½ votes. Peterson became the fifth Viking to win the award, joining Paul Flatley (1967), Chuck Foreman (1973), Sammy White (1976), and Randy Moss (1998).Peterson won the award finishing with awesome numbers of 1,341 yards (first in NFC) with a 5.6 yards per carry average, 12 rushing touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown.  Those numbers would have been even greater if he hadn’t missed two games and finished slow down the stretch producing only 141 yards in the last three games of the season.  For the all-around back’s sake though the only thing people will remember of his season was his performance in week 9 against the Chargers where he produced a mind boggling NFL record 296 yards in one game in a 35-17 victory.  He also scored three rushing touchdowns (1, 64, and 46 yards) and catch one pass for 19 yards plus went over 1,000 yards for the season all in that one magical game. NFL Network Analyst Deion Sanders said of Peterson’s effort that week, “He has the vision of a Marshall Faulk, the power of a Terrell Davis, and the speed of an Eric Dickerson. Let’s pray he has the endurance of an Emmitt Smith.”

A fantasy football player’s sure breakout player, Peterson said of his season, “I wanted to come in and be a difference and help the team turn around. I came with the attitude to do whatever I had to do to get on the field.”  The 7th overall player selected in the 2007 draft answered his critics that questioned his durability (shoulder) and playmaking ability in the NFL with his tremendous season despite facing eight and nine man fronts plus splitting time with Chester Taylor.

The former Oklahoma star could not lead his team to the playoffs as they were in the race until the final weekend finishing 8-8. But he will be spending some time in February in Hawaii as a Pro Bowl starter and he also received an additional $250,000.00 dollars in bonus pay for winning the award. 

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