Adrian Peterson said his selection as the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year is a "blessing," but he's most excited about how others in Minnesota may benefit.
Peterson, speaking to the Star Tribune and other media outlets in San Francisco before NFL Honors on Saturday, said, "I think it's my third time winning this award, so it's a pretty nice blessing. I appreciate the fans recognizing our run game, and our pass game as well."
FedEx will donate $25,000 in Peterson's name to support disaster relief and a variety of humanitarian needs that the American Red Cross Minnesota Chapter provides.
"The one thing that I like the most is the donation that they give back to the Red Cross in Minneapolis," Peterson said. "That's more important than this trophy to me."
Peterson led the NFL in rushing yards (1,485) for the third time of his nine-year career and tied for the league lead with 11 touchdowns.
Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf told Vikings.com before NFL Honors, "We're happy that he's on our team and we're very happy for him to have won that award."
"It's no secret that Adrian really is the best running back in football, a Hall of Fame-caliber player who is really special," Wilf added.
Peterson's teammate, tight end Kyle Rudolph, also attended NFL Honors. Rudolph told Vikings.com the award for Peterson was "well-deserved."
"Obviously we're all biased because we think he's the best in the league," Rudolph said, "So, it's great to see his tremendous season recognized with the award."
NFL Media analyst Steve Mariucci told Vikings.com that Peterson is "our best running back in the league."
"I don't care what age he is, he's our best running back," Mariucci said. "He's good for the league. I know he's good for the Vikings, but he's good for the NFL."