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Adrian Peterson named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Adrian Peterson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his incredible Week 7 performance in a victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Throughout the season, Vikings fans have had to remind themselves that Adrian Peterson tore two ligaments in his knee less than ten months ago.

The NFL just reminded Vikings fans (and everyone else) that Adrian Peterson is still one of the best players in the league.

AP was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday for his Week 7 performance against the Arizona Cardinals. While the stingy Arizona defense held quarterback Christian Ponder to a paltry 58 yards passing on the day, Peterson rushed for a season-high 153 yards and touchdown on 23 carries. The performance marked the 29th 100-yard day of Peterson's career--not bad for a guy that's still only in his sixth NFL season.

Most athletes simply aren't supposed to bounce back from devastating injuries like the one Peterson suffered so quickly. But then, Adrian Peterson isn't most athletes. AP is currently tied for third in the NFL with 652 rushing yards, only seven yards behind the league leader. He is tops in the league in yards from scrimmage with 787.

This is the sixth time that Peterson has won the Offensive Player of the Week award, and the second straight time after playing the Cardinals. He won the award last year after running for 122 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were scored in the first quarter of a 34-10 blowout victory.

Huge thanks to Vikings Public Relations Assistant Jon Ekstrom for providing the press release that supplied much of this information.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.