Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Vikings Player

Adrian Peterson

To say that Adrian Peterson was the best player on the Vikings this year would be an understatement. He was, all things considered, the best football player on the planet. Sure, AP may have come up eight yards short of Dickerson's rushing record — eight yards?! — but no one else in the league was even close to as dominant at his position. A quick look at the numbers tells that story: Peterson's totals over the last 10 weeks were still higher than any other running back over the entire 16-week season. His mind-boggling 1,019 yards after contact would by themselves qualify him as the year's second-highest rusher. But stats weren't really necessary to appreciate Peterson's season. As the MVP debate heated up, several pundits argued that the team's win-loss totals hinged more on Christian Ponder's erratic performances, yet anyone watching the games could see it was the star back's superhuman efforts that kept things close in the first place. (Did we mention Peterson's average rush was almost dead-even with Ponder's average yards per pass? That was even with defenses specifically trying to jam the run.) It was an effort more than worthy of the greatest from Tarkenton, Moss, and Page, one that would have been grossly underappreciated with anything less than the Vikings' first MVP in 37 years — and that's before you even consider the surgically reconstructed knee that AP did it all on.

Best Coach (2013) Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings

Best Vikings Player (2012) Jared Allen

Best Vikings Player (2011) Adrian Peterson

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER (2010) Brett Favre

Best Weekend Getaway The Jeffers Petroglyphs

Best College Athlete Trevor Mbakwe

Best Park Fort Snelling State Park

Best Bike Trail West River Parkway

Best Bike Ride Freedom From Pants Ride

Best Bike Shop Penn Cycle

Best Public Golf Course Rush Creek Golf Club

Best Hike Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Best Run The Downtown YMCA track

Best Road Race (Running) Get Lucky 7K and Half Marathon

Best Race City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Best Day Trip Winona

Best Sledding Powderhorn Park

Best Ice Skating Wells Fargo WinterSkate

Best Picnic Spot Minnehaha Falls

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Regional Dog Park

Best Apple Orchard Apple Jack Orchards

Best Gym YWCA of Minneapolis

Best Personal Training Studio APEX Personal Training

Best Outdoors Store Vertical Endeavors

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Timberwolves Player Ricky Rubio

Best Lynx Player Seimone Augustus

Best Wild Player Zach Parise

Best Coach Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings