Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been named the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player, that coming after a season in which Peterson came just nine yards short of breaking the all-time single-season rushing record. Peterson finished the regular season with 2,097 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, helping lead Minnesota to a (10-6) overall record and a spot in the NFC playoffs. The running back performed beyond all expectations in the 2012 season, returning in week one after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in December of the 2011 season. Peterson becomes the third Minnesota player to win the NFL Most Valuable Player award, with the others being Fran Tarkenton in 1975 and Alan Page in 1971. Posted by Zach Schneider Bio - Facebook - Twitter - E-Mail