Just over 13 months after reconstructive knee surgery, Adrian Peterson is the MVP of the NFL.

The Vikings running back closed his stirring comeback Saturday, Feb. 2, by winning the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first Vikings player since Fran Tarkenton in 1975 to claim the league's top individual prize. Peterson also won NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors, beating out Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for both awards.

He claimed 30-1/2 of the 50 first-place votes in the MVP race, with Manning receiving the other 19-1/2. The Broncos quarterback, who returned from neck surgery to lead Denver to a 13-3 record, won NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors.

But the force of Peterson's resurgence -- and his singular ability to carry the Vikings' offense -- kept Manning from winning his fifth MVP Award. Peterson became the first running back to win the award since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006 and was just the third running back to win it in the past 12 seasons.