During the March 13 Rotary Club of Tulsa meeting, Steve Davis, former OU quarterback who led the Sooners to two National Championships, Offensive MVP of the 1976 Orange Bowl, and CBS Sports college football color commentator in the 1980’s, will announce that this year’s male recipient of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award will be Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings running back, NFL’s 2012 Most Valuable Player and OU Sooners’ third all-time leading rusher.
Adrian Peterson holds the Minnesota Vikings career rushing touchdowns record. He rebounded from major knee surgery to earn the NFL’s Most Valuable Player trophy last season and logged the second highest total rushing yards season in NFL history, second only to Eric Dickerson. He became the first Vikings running back to lead the NFL in rushing in 2008, setting the team record with 1,760 yards. He set the NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards versus San Diego in 2007, the 8th game of his career.
Peterson was named three-time First Team All-Pro and Offensive Player of the Year by Associated Press. Peterson also was named the 2012 MVP, two-time Offensive Player of the Year, All-NFL Team and Comeback Player of the Year by Pro Football Weekly. He is a four-time Pro Bowl starter, 2010 Pro Bowl selection and was awarded Pro Bowl MVP as a rookie.
Peterson received the 2012 and 2008 Bert Bell Player of the Year award by Maxwell Club. In 2008 he was the FedEx Ground Player of the Year. He was named to 50 Greatest Vikings as part of the 50th season celebration in 2010.
In 2007 Peterson burst onto the NFL scene with a record-breaking rookie season. He earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors from Associated Press and Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year. He was named a starter in the Pro Bowl and earned MVP of the game. He led the NFC with 1,341 rushing yards, ranked 2nd in the NFL and had the second best single season in Vikings history.
At Oklahoma University, Peterson was a three-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree, 2004 Heisman Trophy runner-up, AP First Team All-America, the first OU true freshman to earn the honor, and the first true freshman on the team since 1996. He set the school record with 1,925 yards as a freshman in 2004, breaking Billy Sims’ 1978 record. He broke Ron Dayne’s NCAA freshman rushing record, ranks third in OU history with 4,045 yards, and fourth with 41 rushing touchdowns. The only Sooner running backs with more career yards are Billy Sims and Joe Washington.
During the off seasons in 2010 and 2011 Peterson joined other NFL stars taking mission trips to Africa, working with Starkey Hearing to provide hearing aids to disadvantaged children and adults.
In 2008 he started the All Day Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps raise awareness and funds for community outreach programs aimed towards at-risk children. He works with youth through his foundation, with the motto “Giving Back Every Day, All Day.” The Foundation promotes the wellbeing of at-risk kids by partnering with nonprofits and developing new programs in four primary areas: Sportsmanship & Leadership – teaching the values of dedication, teamwork, discipline and determination through sports and leadership via AD Elite Basketball, All Day Track and the Adrian Peterson Football Camp; Youth Education & Enrichment - empowering youth via programs such as the Girl Scouts in Palestine, TX; Hunger – providing food to children and families in need; and OU Student Initiatives – supporting athletic and academic success of Oklahoma student athletes.
Peterson also participates in the Vikings Children’s Fund Summer Lunch Program to secure meals for hungry children and raise awareness about the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. In 2008 and 2009 he hosted Special Olympics of Minnesota’s Punt, Pass and Kick events at Winter Park.
The Iba Awards:
The Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards will be celebrating its twentieth year at the June 3, 2013 event. The Iba Awards were created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize a male and a female premiere athlete who has excelled in their sport, and who exemplifies a high degree of citizenship in the image of Henry P. Iba, by demonstrating a desire to help others. Henry P. Iba was former basketball coach for Oklahoma State University and three U.S. Olympic basketball teams.
This prestigious black-tie event will be held at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center on June 3, 2013. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation.