Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/17/14

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 22: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings smiles on the sideline against the Seattle Seahawks at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 22, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson was recognized as the NFL's MVP last season, an award voted on by the media. Peterson earned the respect of players around the league though after rushing for 2,097 yards, the second-highest, single-season total in league history.The players showed their respect by voting Peterson the league's best player in the annual Top 100 ranking done by the NFL Network. The network polled players around the league and Peterson's honor was revealed by the network Thursday evening.Peterson won the MVP award and was also the league's offensive player of the year award winner following his return less than a year from major knee surgery. Peterson ran for 2,097 yards -- just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season record -- and had 40 catches for 217 yards and scored 13 touchdowns.Peterson did it all after returning to the field just over eight months from surgery to repair two torn knee ligaments, shocking the NFL in the process....
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