Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of the Metrodome following the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Lions 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
With the Vikings season already in the books, the players in Minnesota took the time to vote for their most valuable players on offense, defense and special teams. Here are the winners of those votes:
Offensive Player of the Year
Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) looks on during overtime against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
He only played in 14 of the team’s 16 games, but he still accumulated 1,266 rushing yards and found the end zone ten times on the ground. Peterson finished the season 5th in the NFL in rushing yards and also ended up with 90.4 rushing yards per game, which was good for second in the NFL. He was also named to the Pro Bowl and a member of the All Pro second team.
Defensive Player of the Year:
Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway (52) warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Greenway led the team in tackles for the sixth straight year. This mark ties the team record held by Scott Studwell who led the Vikings in tackles from 1980 to 1985. Greenway ended the season with 134 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions. He accomplished all that this season even while playing with a fractured wrist.
Special Teams Player of the Year:
Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Cordarrelle Patterson walks away with this reward. He led the NFL in kick return average and ended up 4th in NFL history in the statistic. The team record for most kickoff return yardage was also shattered by Patterson, when he totaled 1393 yards. He is also a part of the Pro Bowl and All Pro First Team.