Peterson had 861 rushing yards in December, the most in a single month in NFL history as the Vikings won four of their five games in December, including the final four-game winning streak that put them in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.
Peterson finished the year with the first 2,000-yard season of his career and the second-best total in NFL history with 2,097 yards rushing, just 9 yards short of the all-time single-season record set by Eric Dickerson in 1984.
On Wednesday, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh had media members surrounding his locker posing questions about his incredible 2012 season. Little did Walsh know at the time he would soon add another accolade to his list of accomplishments.
For the third time this season, Walsh was named Special Teams Rookie of the Week. He earned the honor after scoring 13 points in the Vikings' 37-34 win over Green Bay Sunday, hitting on field goals of 54 and 37 yards before connecting on the 29-yard game winner as the clock ran out to secure the win.
Then on Thursday, Walsh was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month, the first time since the 2006 Baltimore Ravens an NFL team has had two players of the month in the same month.
How significant are the honors for Walsh? Just as he put himself in the NFL record books for field goals made and kicks of 50 yards or more, he set himself apart by capturing his third Rookie of the Week honor.
Walsh became the first rookie since Devin Hester exploded on the scene in 2006 to win the Special Teams Rookie of the Week three times in a single season. In the process, he also set a franchise record by winning the award three times. He had been in a three-way tie with some pretty exclusive company – Randy Moss in 1998 and Adrian Peterson in 2007.
Walsh won't even be in the discussion for Rookie of the Year, but, given what he has accomplished in terms of the NFL record book, he should at least receive an honorable mention.