Updated: December 18th, 2012 4:43pm
Adrian Peterson voted Ed Block Courage award winner by teammates

Adrian Peterson voted Ed Block Courage award winner by teammates

by Judd Zulgad
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Adrian Peterson will be a candidate for NFL MVP honors, as well as the Comeback Player of the Year award, after this season.

But the Vikings Pro Bowl running back already is starting to be recognized for what he has done this season in rushing for 1,812 yards and attempting to break Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Peterson has been selected as the Vikings' recipient of the Ed Block Ed Block Courage award. The award was voted upon by Peterson's teammates.

This came almost a year after Peterson suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee in a Dec. 24 game at Washington.

Despite the injury, Peterson has not missed a regular-season game this year. He has started all 14 games and leads the NFL in rushing. He is tied for second with 11 rushing touchdowns.

He has run for more than 100 yards in each of the past eight games and has two 200-plus yard performances in that time. His 1,313 rushing yards since Week 7 ranks as the best eight-game stretch in NFL history.

With two weeks left in the regular season, Peterson is 294 yards away from breaking the single-season record of 2,105 yards set by Dickerson in 1984.

Since 1984 the Ed Block Courage awards have honored one player from each team who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.

Recipients are selected by a vote of their teammates to recognize both on and off the field extra efforts and their ability to overcome great adversity, whether it be personal or professional. The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts.

The winners will receive their trophy in March at a ceremony in Baltimore.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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