By Bryan Jeon
Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, hauling in 46.5 of the 50 votes. Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas, the third overall pick out of Wisconsin, received the other 3.5 votes.
Peterson, the seventh selection out of Oklahoma, had one of the best rookie years ever for a running back, despite missing two games with a sprained knee and not being a starter until the sixth game. A quick look at his accomplishments:
Rushing yards: 1,341, 1st in NFC, 2nd in NFL
Rushing TDs: 12, 1st in NFC, T-2nd in NFL
Yards per carry: 5.6, 1st in NFL (sorry, 6.9 carries per game doesn’t count, Jerious Norwood)
Record for most rushing yards, game: 296, 11/4 vs. San Diego
Record for most rushing yards, first eight games: 1,036
200-yard games: 2
100-yard games: 6
I would argue that the numbers from Peterson’s rookie campaign not warranting a unanimous vote is an outrage, but I guess it’s a moot point with how easily he still won the award. Last year’s winner was Tennessee’s Vince Young while the last Viking to win the award was Randy Moss in 1998.