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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson becomes 7th player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards

With a historic run in the third quarter, Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson officially joined the exclusive 2,000-yard rushing club on Sunday.

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To cap off his remarkable 2012 regular season, Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson officially became the seventh player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards on Sunday afternoon against the Packers.

Peterson needed 102 yards on the ground entering the day despite missing practice time during the week with an abdomen injury, but broke free in the third quarter to cement his place in history. An early touchdown run from seven yards away also gave the 6'1, 217-pound back his 12th rushing score of the season, a number he has already reached on five separate occasions in his brief career.

Named to his fifth Pro Bowl last week, the 27-year-old superstar now joins a 2,000-yard club that includes Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis, O.J. Simpson and Chris Johnson. Along with becoming the third man to achieve the feat since 2003, Peterson also made the Vikings the seventh different NFL franchise to feature a 2,000-yard rusher.

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