Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 6/27/13
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.Peterson's started the season's first game, but got stronger as the year progressed. His historic second-half run put him on the edge of breaking Dickerson's record when he had eight straight 100-yard rushing games, including two games of more than 200 yards. He went over 100 yards rushing in nine of his final 10 games, only missing a late-season game against Houston when he was pulled early from a 23-6 win against the Texans with 86 yards rushing.Peterson also revealed later, after complaining of abdominal pain, that he had played through a sports hernia. Peterson became the first running back to win the MVP award since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006 and just the eighth running back to win the award in the last 26 years, breaking the quarterback stranglehold on the MVP award.Peterson, the leading rusher in Vikings' history, was the fourth Minnesota player listed on the NFL Network's Top 100. The Vikings also had defensive end Jared Allen (No. 60), linebacker Chad Greenway (No. 70) and last year's leading receiver Percy Harvin (No. 90), who was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason, on the list.Peterson was followed on the NFL Network list by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis in the top 10 released Thursday.Rodgers ranked No. 1 on the list last season, giving the NFC North back-to-back top-overall picks. Tom Brady was No. 1 in 2010, meaning the reigning MVP has won the top spot in the players' listing each year. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon


McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker