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February 3, 2013

Peterson double winner of AP NFL awards

Redskins’ RG3 named Offensive Rookie of the Year

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Also honored were:
• Washington’s Robert Griffin III, who beat out a strong crop of quarterbacks for the top offensive rookie award.
Griffin did not show a hint of a limp while walking up and down the red carpet before accepting The Associated Press 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award Saturday night.
Tough to tell the Washington Redskins quarterback had surgery to repair two ligaments in his right knee less than a month ago.
“It’s truly a blessing ... to be able to stand, first and foremost,” Griffin said.
Speaking to the media for the first time since his Jan. 9 operation, the man known as RG3 said he’s aiming to return to action at the start of next season.
“The knee is good. ... I’m pretty far ahead. I don’t want to scare anyone, so I’ll take it slow,” said Griffin, who wore a tie with the Redskins’ burgundy and gold colors. “My goal is Week 1.”
He received 29 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league, topping two other quarterbacks who also took their teams to the postseason: Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts got 11 votes, and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks got 10.
• Houston end J.J. Watt, who took Defensive Player of the Year, getting 49 of 50 votes.
• Bruce Arians, the first interim coach to win Coach of the Year after leading Indianapolis to a 9-3 record while head man Chuck Pagano was being treated for leukemia. Arians became Arizona’s head coach last month.
• Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly, the league’s leader in tackles with 164, who won the top defensive rookie award.
Peterson returned better than ever from the left knee surgery, rushing for 2,097 yards, 9 short of breaking Dickerson’s record. He also sparked the Vikings’ turnaround from 3-13 to 10-6 and a wild-card playoff berth.

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