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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - Yeah everybody wants to get Vikings general manager Rick Spielman's thoughts on the season, and yeah everybody is curious to find out what in the world is going on with Percy Harvin, but today, at a media luncheon Spielman dropped some news that will likely take the Twins Cities by storm. The team announced their choices for Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams MVPs from the 2012 season. And you'll never guess who they chose!
Offensive MVP - With many worthy candidates, Adrian Peterson walked away from Winter Park with this year's honors. Maybe it was the fact that he came back (and conquered) a torn ACL during the offseason? Maybe it was the 2,097 yards he totalled on the ground this year? Maybe it was the eight straight 100+ yard performances that he rattled off down the stretch of the season? Or maybe it was the seven games with more than 150 yards rushing that tilted it in his favor. I'm not quite sure what it was that they saw in the guy, but a panel of players and coaches voted Adrian Peterson as offensive MVP for the Minnesota Vikings.
Defensive MVP - An equally difficult decision was present on the defensive side of the ball, but when all the votes were tallied, this year's winner for Minnesota Vikings defensive MVP is veteran linebacker, Chad Greenway. Greenway led the league in tackles for much of the season and finished third with 148 tackles. Chad added three sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries to his stat line this year as well.
Special Teams MVP - In the biggest surprise in team history since Adrian Peterson was named Offensive MVP in 2012, rookie kicker Blair Walsh was named the special teams' most valuable player for the 2012 season. A sixth round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, walsh replaced one of the NFL greats in Ryan Longwell and was thrown into the fire from day one. It didn't take Walsh long to turn heads as he boomed a 55-yard kick to tie the game against the Jaguars in week one and then went on to win it in overtime. Walsh went on to have a record breaking season, setting the all-time NFL mark going 10-for-10 on field goals from 50+ yards. He finished the season 35-of-38 (92.1%) on field goals and set the Vikings team record for points scored by a rookie player (141).
Again, the Vikings team MVPs were voted on by players in the locker room and coaches who were each given one vote that was not weighted in any way.