Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ranked number one in the list of NFL Network’s ‘Top 100 Players of 2013’.

The league MVP has an incredible season after returning from reconstructive knee surgery, rushing 2097 yards – just nine short of the league’s single-season record.

Additionally, Peterson had seven separate runs of over 50 yards, and perhaps most impressively made over 1000 yards after contact.

And, whilst the Vikings were knocked out early in the NFL play-offs, it’s certainly no surprise to see Peterson’s piers vote him number one.

"I had a good feeling, without being cocky, that I would be No. 1," Peterson told the 'Top 100' after show.

"I kind of made that assumption with the MVP. I was like, 'Well, I don't see how I wouldn't be No. 1 knowing that I won MVP,' so I kind of put myself there."

Peterson beat Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to top spot, with Calvin Johnson third, Tom Brady fourth and J.J. Watt fifth.

Ray Rice was the highest-ranked player from the SuperBowl winning Baltimore Ravens, with the running back coming 13th on the list.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was one big-name omission from the ‘Top 100’ list, whilst his NFC East rival Robert Griffin III came in at a very respectable 15th.

Aaron Hernandez, who has recently been released by the New England Patriots after being charged with murder, ranked 77th.

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