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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A.P. named AP's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Adrian Peterson, who finished second in rushing yards as a rookie this season, was the overwhelming winner of The Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Peterson got 461/2 votes Wednesday from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas was the only other player receiving votes, 31/2.

"I added to things they already had," Peterson said, according to the Associated Press. "I am a playmaker. That's why I say if there is anything I could do to put me out there, just put me out there.

"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."

Vikings coach Brad Childress told the Associated Press that he could tell Peterson was special .

"From an early time, a week after the draft when we had about 50 free agents in here, you knew he was going to be a special guy," Childress said.

Last year's winner was Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young.


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