NFL: N.Y. Giants 21, Chicago 16

CHICAGO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Reuben Droughns' two-yard touchdown run provided the winning margin Sunday as the New York Giants beat Chicago 21-16.

NFL: Minnesota 42, Detroit 10

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Rookie Adrian Peterson ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, helping the Minnesota Vikings win their third straight game, 42-10 over Detroit.

Vikes' Peterson expected to play Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Minnesota rookie running back Adrian Peterson is expected to return to the Vikings lineup Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Bears' running back Benson out for season

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson will miss the remainder of the season with a left ankle injury that will require surgery, the team said Monday.

Vikings' Peterson has ligament tear

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Minnesota rookie running back Adrian Peterson, one week after setting an NFL rushing record, suffered a knee injury and will likely miss at least one game.

NFL: Green Bay 34, Minnesota 0

GREEN BAY, Wis., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Brett Favre threw for three TDs Sunday and became the second NFL quarterback to pass for at least 60,000 yards, as the Green Bay Packers beat Minnesota 34-0.

Randy Moss named to weekly player honor

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss Wednesday was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

NFL: Minnesota 35, San Diego 17

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Running back Adrian Peterson broke the NFL rookie rushing record Sunday afternoon, gaining 296 yards in the Minnesota Vikings' 35-17 defeat of San Diego.

NFL: Philadelphia 23, Minnesota 16

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Donovan McNabb went 23-of-36 passing for 333 yards and a touchdown Sunday, as the Philadelphia Eagles beat Minnesota, 23-16.

NFL: Dallas 24, Minnesota 14

IRVING, Texas, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Patrick Watkins raced 68 yards for the deciding score after scooping up a blocked field goal with 2:52 left Sunday, securing Dallas' 24-14 win over Minnesota.

Brady among NFL weekly player honorees

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Wednesday was among the latest players earning NFL Player of the Week honors.

NFL: Minnesota 34, Chicago 31

CHICAGO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Ryan Longwell kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal as time expired Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings nipped the Chicago Bears 34-31.

NFL: Minnesota 24, Atlanta 3

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Adrian Peterson caught a 60-yard touchdown pass in his first NFL game Sunday and Minnesota's defense scored twice as the Vikings downed Atlanta 24-3.

NFL: Minnesota 37, N.Y. Jets 20

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Interception returns for touchdowns by Darren Sharper and Chad Greenway Friday night boosted the Minnesota Vikings to a 37-20 victory over the New York Jets.

LSU QB Russell is NFL's No. 1 draft pick

NEW YORK, April 28 (UPI) -- The Oakland Raiders picked Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell Saturday with the first overall pick in the NFL draft.
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Adrian Peterson
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson returns a kickoff against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver on December 30, 2007. Peterson gained 36 yards on 11 carries as Minnesota lost to Denver 22-19 in overtime. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)

Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985 in Palestine, Texas), nicknamed "A. D." (for "All Day") and "Purple Jesus", is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. Peterson was selected by the Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma.

While at Oklahoma, Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman. As a First-team All-American, he also set a freshman record by finishing as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting (USC's Matt Leinart won the award). Peterson finished as the school's third all-time leading rusher.

Following his stellar first pro season in which he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game (296), Peterson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Peterson was then awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl and became only the fifth player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 yards through his first two seasons. On October 17, 2010, Peterson became the fifth fastest player to run for 5,000 yards, doing so in his 51st game. Peterson has the third highest average yards per game total in NFL history (min. 50 games) with an average of 95.5, 9 yards behind Jim Brown (104.3) and Barry Sanders (99.8).

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