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Thursday, January 31, 2008

More hardware for Adrian

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was named Diet Pepsi rookie of the year today in a vote of NFL fans.

This is just the latest honor for Peterson, who previously was named the Associated Press offensive rookie of the year and is one of seven Vikings headed to next week's Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

An emotional Peterson thanked his teammates, coaches and especially running backs coach Eric Bieniemy "for staying on my back and continuing to push me."

Peterson rushed for 1,341 yards during his first season with the Vikings, including a 224-yard performance at Chicago that he called "a breakthrough game."

He later set an NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards against San Diego.

"It was a special day," he said. "It was a wonderful day and a day I'll always remember."

Asked how he plans to spend his free time in Hawaii, Peterson said: "Just really enjoy myself and maybe hula dance."

The only question that appeared to throw Peterson dealt with what he would do if he were in charge of the Vikings' draft. (After a brief delay, he said he would need time to sit back and evaluate things first and then make a decision.)

This year's other four finalists were wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs), running back Marshawn Lynch (Bills), offensive tackle Joe Thomas (Browns) and linebacker Patrick Willis (49ers).


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