The NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) award for the offensive player of the year will be named after former Bears running back Adrian Peterson. The honor is given annually by College Sporting News, the oldest news service devoted to publishing original information about the FCS.
No, there's no relation between him and the current Vikings running back who shares the same name.
Peterson played for Georgia Southern University and is the leading rusher in NCAA Division I history. The former high school All-American tailback played with the GSU Eagles from 1998-2001.
Peterson ran for 9,145 yards and 111 touchdowns. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry and 160.44 yards per game.
He was also the first sophomore to win an award for most outstanding player in NCAA Division I-AA and was inducted into the Georgia Southern hall of fame in 2012 and the Southern Conference hall of fame in 2009.
Peterson was drafted by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft and played eight seasons. He ran the ball 311 times for 1,283 yards and eight touchdowns in 106 games. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry.
You can read about Peterson's success in his autobiography: "Don't Dis My Abilities." Portions of the book's profits currently fund a scholarship at his alma mater.