Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was named the National Football League's Most Valuable Player for the 2012-2013 season, beating out Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for the honor.

Peterson came back from a serious knee injury and post huge numbers for the Vikings.

The 27-year-old Peterson, a native of Palestine, Texas, is the first running back to win the honor since 2006, when LaDainian Tomlinson was voted MVP after a stellar season with the San Diego Chargers.

Peterson ran for 2,097 yards during the season, coming up only nine yards short of Eric Dickerson's record total for rushing yards in a season.

Manning, who just finished his first season with the Broncos, was trying to win his fifth MVP trophy.

The Broncos QB won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. EFE