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Try to Act Surprised: Peterson Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Gee, I never could have seen this coming.

Adrian Peterson ran away with The Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year voting the same way he surged past opposing tacklers this season.

The Minnesota Vikings running back, who set the league mark for rushing in a game with 296 yards in a 35-17 victory over San Diego, also had a 224-yarder in a win against Chicago. The key to Minnesota's improvement to an 8-8 record this season, he led the NFC with 1,341 yards rushing, second only to San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson in the league. His 78 points on 13 touchdowns were second in the conference.

Those numbers, compiled in 14 games, and his overall impact - the Vikings struggled to pass the ball, yet were in the wild-card race until the final game - earned Peterson 46 1/2 votes Wednesday from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas was the only other player receiving votes, 3 1/2.

Hell, I've only been calling the guy 2007 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Adrian Peterson since roughly. . .oh. . .the day after the Vikings drafted him.  Shame it only took everyone else about 8 months to catch on.