Adrian Peterson saw action Sunday night vs the 49ers. 6 carries for 17 yards, his longest run was 13 yards
he did better catching the ball, 3 catches 25 yards, his long was 13 yards
Funny Video, Adrian Peterson and Gary Busey
Bryant McKinnie says AD wil have twitter account SOON!
MANKATO, Minn. — After three consecutive days on the sidelines in training camp, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was on the field with teammates for today's morning session at Minnesota State Mankato.
Peterson had been struggling with soreness in his legs. The fourth-year veteran is participating in all drills with the running backs and showed no signs of mobility problems. The players are working out in shorts and shoulder pads this morning.
Why Not? AD's brilliant performance vs Texas in 2004
Adrian Peterson reported to Vikings camp on time Friday and immediately began practicing in Mankato.
Coach Brad Childress confirmed that Adrian Peterson will play a bigger role on third downs this season!!!
After camp Friday Peterson spoke briefly to reporters. Here's what he had to say:
On holding a camp for local at-risk kids:
“This has been instilled in me for a long time. Anytime I have the opportunity, I like to tell the kids that anything is possible. Especially these kids in particular, this group, in a different alternative school. Encouraging them to take the right steps to be successful. Having the faith and believing.”
On how he would evaluate his cameo on the HBO series “Entourage”:
“50-50. I'm always hard on myself. It was cool, though, being around the guys. It was cool. To me, when I look at it, my mind was telling me, some of the guys, when they show the back scene footage, those guys were more excited to see you, and it was vice versa for me. That's pretty much how it is in Hollywood. It was all fun.”
On what he can do to correct his fumbling troubles:
“The challenge began at the end of the season, putting those thoughts behind me. As far as fumbling, that's part of the game. Out there, I'm not tossing the balls to the guys. Some of these guys are making plays, striking the ball. But I know what I have to do as a player to help my team, to accomplish our ultimate goal, and that's to win the NFC North and win a Super Bowl. And that's really staying focused. You know, small things, where I can sharpen up.”
On what he's hearing about QB Brett Favre:
“I saw him down in L.A. for the first time this offseason, down at the ESPYs. Looking in his eyes, I got the sense he was coming back. I'll be going down to his house, telling him, ‘Favre, I need you back.' I grew up watching Favre. I'm as big a fan of his as the people that's watching him. People in Green Bay that's been watching him all his life. Just to have the opportunity to play with him and come up short, it would definitely feel good (if he came back) this year (and we) hoisted up that trophy (together) in Dallas, Texas.” VIDEO
Adrian Peterson's Quest to be the Best!
While in Norman for his annual football camp last week, the former Sooner running back sat down with SoonerVision's Claire Brandon and James Dawkins to reflect on his time at OU and how it helped him get to where he is today
Adrian Peterson Army Strong Challenge is a one day FREE performance training clinic for athletes ages 15-23 held on Saturday, June 26th at the University of Oklahoma Intramural Fields.
This clinic features drills and competitions focused on improving and increasing speed, strength, and agility. Each participant will receive expert instruction, food and beverage, and the opportunity to win additional prizes and awards. D1’s trainers prepare dozens of college football players for the NFL Combine and Campus Pro Days each year. Their clients include: Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow, and Rocky Calmus, among and many other prominent football players who excel on the playing field.
Registration is free and open to anyone ages 15 – 23. Spots are limited. For more information, visitwww.ArmyStrongChallenge.com or call (513) 793-2267.
Adrian Peterson working on limiting fumbles, carrying around a 14 lb medicine ball shaped like a football. Jamie Dukes of NFL Network thinks this won't help. He thinks AD must keep the elbow down, and once he switches back to a real football his elbow will rise again. Here's video from NFL Network
Adrian Peterson will visit his hometown to celebrate Adrian Peterson Day on Saturday, June 12, with a parade in Historic Downtown Palestine at 10 a.m. followed by festivities at 11 a.m. at Texas State Railroad Park, located approximately one mile from Palestine on Highway 84 East. Peterson is a running back for the Minnesota Vikings and previously played for Palestine High School.
According to Carol Pegues, organizer, "The focus this year is to encourage all young, local athletes to participate and spend the day with Adrian. We are happy to also honor in the parade local success in our athletic programs this past year including Cayuga Boys Basketball State Championship, Neches Girls Basketball State Championship, successful track performances from Oakwood and Palestine's track teams, and other outstanding performances by local athletes."
The parade will begin on Avenue A across from the Anderson County Courthouse at 10 a.m. and will end at Old Town Palestine. The festivities at Texas State Railroad will include food vendors, music and games for all ages. Parking at Texas State Railroad is $5 per car. Seating is limited so bring organizers recommend bringing lawn chairs.
Andy Hart proclaims "Adrian Peterson is done, He had peaked as a pro." Andy is a writer for Patriots Football Weekly.
ESPN PAGE 2, Irrelevant Quotes: Adrian Peterson
AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman
"I think the strongest handshake in the NFL belongs to Adrian Peterson. For the second time since April, I shook his hand; and for the second time I had to check to see if my fingers were still attached." -- Peter King, Sports Illustrated
"The first time I [shook hands with Peterson], I felt it all the way up to my shoulder.'' -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfelds
"[Peterson] has the world most devastating handshake." -- Kenny Mayne, ESPN
"Adrian Peterson has the strongest handshake this side of The Thing." -- ESPN Magazine
"Peterson's handshake more than lives up to its lore. There's no point in trying to equal this inhuman vise grip. If you do, the sinews of his forearm will pop out as he enhances his clasp, and your smile will twist into a pained grimace." -- Matt Snyder, Minneapolis City Pages
"Adrian Peterson's handshake keeps orthopedists in business. He squeezes your hand like he wants you to pull him back on the cliff." -- Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman
The Next AD? FL 8th grader, who idolizes Adrian Peterson could be the next Adrian Peterson
He says he copies the style of Vikings star Adrian Peterson, whose poster is on his bedroom wall at home. Those closest to him say the comparison holds true on and off the field. In the mold of Peterson, Michel prefers workouts to walkthroughs, even on the day of a game. "(Peterson) goes hard every play and never takes plays off," his brother said. "(Sony) prides himself on it, running hard every play."
Mike Tomlin on Adrian Peterson, ""He’s got a great deal of God-given ability. He is big, strong and fast. He also has things that you can’t measure," Tomlin said. "The tape says he’s ridiculously competitive. He doesn’t turn down challenges, he does a lot of things well even when the ball isn’t in his hands, he’s an aggressive and functional blitz pick-up man.""
PITTSBURGH - They've met with their coaches, watched tape, talked among themselves. The Pittsburgh Steelers still aren't certain how they're going to do it.
Shut down Brett Favre, who remains one of the NFL's prolific passers? For certain, that's a worry.
To beat the unbeaten Minnesota Vikings (6-0) on Sunday, the Steelers (4-2) understand their top priority must be finding a way to slow down Adrian Peterson, something no opposing game plan or defensive scheme has accomplished this season.
Peterson's 624 yards rushing lead the NFL, and his 5.16 yards per carry average through 36 career games is the highest in NFL history at that stage of a career. Barry Sanders had a 5.12 average and Jim Brown had a 5.07 average, according to Stats LLC.
Insights into Adrian
The woman who captivates Adrian Peterson's heart must be as smart as she is attractive.
The woman behind theadventuresofmelindajacobs. com asked Peterson whom he'd like to be if he could be anybody else for a day. After some thought, about 2 minutes and 6 seconds into the video, the adorable Peterson told Melinda Jacobs: "Maybe Will Smith."
I can see a similarity. Both Smith and Peterson seem quite comfortable with their celebrity, unlike a certain dorky fashion designer.
Jacobs and Peterson shared their fondness for "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," one of Smith's early signature works.
"And Jada's not bad, either," Peterson added with a laugh.
Flipping through cable channels Monday night, I caught an interview show called Vizio Pro Files featuring Peterson. At one point during the interview, his dad, Nelson Peterson, was crying. Then I was crying. It was a mess. Adrian didn't cry on camera, but he claimed that he has shed tears about the tragic loss of two brothers. Never trust a man who can't cry or doesn't appreciate the brain and heart of Jada Pinkett Smith.
Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing with 624 yards. Chris Johnson of Tennessee has 596.
Adrian Peterson says Ankle is fine. "The guy came off and just made a great play," Peterson said. "My ankle got caught under him some type of way, and I just twisted my ankle up a little bit." Peterson indicated it wasn't a big concern. "I was in some pain," he said. "It wasn't broke or anything. Right now it's feeling real good, actually."
Peterson had his first 100-yard game since the season opener against Cleveland, getting 143 rushing yards on 22 carries and adding four catches for 23 yards in the Vikings' 33-31 victory Sunday over Baltimore.
AD excited to face Ray Lewis
Adrian Peterson got a chance to meet and spend some time with Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis at the Pro Bowl last winter. Peterson has talked a lot about how much he admires the way certain guys play and Lewis is at the top of that list along with his quarterback, Brett Favre.
"He's a player that I look up to," Peterson said at his weekly press conference. "I love the way he plays the game. He's one of the few guys that I talk about when I speak on Brett and how they play the game. With so much passion and love for the game."
Peterson likes to lower his shoulder and deliver punishment to defenders and he said he won't hesitate to do the same to the hard-hitting Lewis.
"I have so much respect for Ray, but it's the game of football. I don't discriminate against no one," Peterson said. "I'm sure if he gets the opportunity he's going to try and lay the wood to me. Guarantee you that."
The Ravens defense allowed a 100-yard rusher for the first time in 40 games last week when Cincinnati's Cedric Benson rushed for 120. Peterson said the Vikings expect to see an agrry Ravens defense on Sunday.
"I think they'll be angry defense, but as far as our tream coming in, we have our goals," he said. "We're not going to let anybody come in between that and stop that. We're coming in focused on doing our jobs and coming up with a big win."
Adrian Peterson carried the ball 15 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns. And had 2 catches for 6 yards.
The Packers keyed on Adrian Peterson and held AD to 55 yards on 25 carries, he did score one rushing TD. AD has 1 reception for zero yards.
Adrian Peterson says his back injury is "not a big deal," meaning he should play Sunday against San Francisco.
Mike Florio on AD Yo, Adrian
Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson had a rough start to the season. In Week 1 against the Browns, dehydration resulted in a halftime IV, and misadventures with the needle resulted in a wide swath of blood running down his arm early in the third quarter.
And then, just as Peterson was beginning to appear mortal, he produced one of the most memorable runs in league history.
His 64-yard stop-and-start-and-smash-and-sprint effort will become the stuff of legend. At that moment, Peterson stopped being compared to great running backs of the past and instead became the back to whom future greats will be compared.
Peterson also is developing a Jordanesque knack for producing a big play when it's needed most, delivering in each of the Vikings' wins a touchdown run that made victory seem certain.
The key will be staying healthy. But injuries aren't a problem for men who aren't mortal.
And Peterson, by all appearances, isn't.
Adrian Peterson only had 15 carries, but had 92 yards rush and 1 touchdown. He had 4 catches for 24 yards. He did fumble once. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
"The guy is a stud," Favre said. "To me what's amazing, when you know, it's kind of like with Randy Moss, you know they're going to throw it to him and he still catches it. You know they're going to hand it to Adrian and he still gets 1,700 yards. It's pretty impressive. He makes yardage when yardage isn't there. He's just a dynamic back.
"If anything, in the few weeks I've been here and worked with him, his work ethic is second to none. And that, along with his talent, is why he's been so successful and why he'll continue to be successful. He wants to be good, he works at the things he needs to work at, he's intense. Guys want to block for him, guys want to play with him. Everything I've thought of Adrian Peterson has held true. I've got a lot of respect for the guy. He's fun to hand it to."
Coach Childress says LT is off base, and Adrian Peterson is the best back in the NFL
"LaDainian is a hell of a back and he's entitled to his opinion," Childress told reporters, via the AP. "I'm going to tell you, my guy is the best football player in the National Football League and he's the best running back in the National Football League, and I believe that."
LT thinks he's a more complete back than Adrian Peterson, therefore making him the best back in the NFL.
Sorry LT, its not 2005 anymore buddy. Step aside. AD is the BEST.
Here's LT's quote: "The difference with me is you can put me out on that field and there will be nothing I can't do," Tomlinson told Pro Football Talk. "I won't have to come off the field. Adrian has to come off sometimes on third down. Anything on that field you want me to do -- throw it, block -- I can do it. That's what I pride myself on is not having any weaknesses. And that's what makes me the best back.
Adrian Peterson carried the ball 10 times for 44 yards. AD talked about playing with Favre
"It was definitely cool," Peterson said. "Like I've said all the time, he's a guy I grew up loving [to watch]. Just how he played the game. Been around for so long and to be out there taking handoffs from him it's kind of [like], 'Dang, Brett Favre is really our quarterback.'"
"I would have liked some more carries; I didn't think I got enough," Peterson said. "Hopefully, this week I can get 20 carries. It's a long season, but when you're out there. ... You can go live in practice during training camp, but it's not like going against different players out there at full speed. It's totally different."
MANKATO, Minn. -- Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's focus has shifted squarely back to football, after an offseason or two that saw the former NFL rushing champ and two-time All Pro turn his attention more toward endorsement deals and personal appearances rather than football self-improvement.
Peterson vowed this offseason to concentrate on getting himself physically and mentally fit in preparation for 2009. He worked on adding a few strategically placed extra pounds to his 217-pound frame by bulking up his legs, arms and upper body.
Friday, Peterson hit the field weighing 220 pounds and got his first carries in training camp with the Vikings' first team in the opening set of two-a-days. Afterward, the one-time NFL offensive rookie of the year declared yet again that he's setting some lofty goals for himself this season.
The rarely-touched 2,000-yard rushing total remains the benchmark.
"It's something I think about and dream about," said Peterson, 24, who became the first Vikings running back to lead the NFL in rushing in 2008, collecting 1,760 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. "I don't focus on it because you'll never accomplish it that way [but] that's my bar. It will always be 2,000 [yards] or more. I hope to accomplish that some day."
Another ambition in his quest to become a complete package, Peterson said: NFL Most Valuable Player.
"Yes, that definitely fits in the category of my personal goals,'' he said.
As part of his self-improvement plan this offseason, Peterson didn't do anything specific to address concerns about his ability to protect the football. His NFL-most nine fumbles (four lost) were a major issue in Minnesota last season. But Peterson didn't work in any ball protection drills into his offseason repertoire.
"No, I really haven't. In running back drills you work on ball security," he said. "It really isn't something I worry about. Thinking about it too much really became my problem last year – I got caught up in it. It's not something I really focus on.
"I've been doing this since I was seven. I know how to hang onto the ball."
NORMAN — Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson and the U.S. Army will have a speed and agility clinic for athletes between ages 16-23 on June 26. Instruction will be conducted by D1 Sports Training, the same group that works with Peterson’s fellow NFL stars Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.
Former OU running back Adrian Peterson plays for the Minnesota Vikings. AP Photo
The clinic is free of admission charge and will be held at the OU intramural fields. Spots are limited. For more information, go to www.armystrongchallenge.com or call (513) 793-2267.
Good to see Peterson giving back
By SCOTT TYLER
Adrian Peterson came back to Palestine Saturday for the annual day in his honor.
But this year was a little different because the day was not just about Peterson, but about giving back to the community.
Peterson spent most of his youth at Palestine, going to school in this East Texas town and making a name for himself at Palestine High School. While living in Palestine, there were many who helped Peterson on his way to get the opportunity to go to college and play football. Now that Peterson has made it big, becoming one of the most recognizable names in football, it is a good sight to see him not only come back to this community but to give back to the people who helped him years ago.
During the annual Adrian Peterson Day Saturday, Peterson joined up with Feed the Children to provide food and personal care items to families who may be struggling during these turbulent economic times.
According to Feed the Children vice president Steve Whetstone, each family received $300 worth, including food that will feed a family of four for a week.
It is refreshing to see Peterson, in his role as a professional athlete, to be able to help those who once helped him.
There are many in Palestine that look up to Peterson and what he has accomplished. There is a lot of support for the Palestine native — just look at how many more purple shirts are seen around town today than there were two years ago.
This community has given their support to Peterson and it was nice to see Saturday, Peterson giving that support right back.
Peterson has a lot of fans in this town, many of them young kids. Saturday morning, while handing out boxes of food to the families, Peterson met one of his young fans.
A young child, who was with his mother getting one of the boxes, was wearing an Adrian Peterson shirt. The child was timid when he looked up at Adrian and in a faint voice said hello.
Even among the big crowd that was around Peterson and trying to get through the line, Peterson took time to stop and talk to the child, which will be a memory the young Peterson fan will have for a long time.
In a time where we see and read about too much negatives of athletes in today’s society, it was refreshing Saturday morning to see Peterson be a role model for this community.
And hopefully this was not a one time deal. Hopefully in the future Adrian Peterson Day will not just be about celebrating what Peterson has meant to this town but also Peterson remembering what this town means to him.
Auction, food boxes highlight Adrian Peterson Day Saturday
PALESTINE — Family, friends and fans of NFL star Adrian Peterson, a Minnesota Vikings running back and Palestine High School graduate, are invited to attend the annual Adrian Peterson Day celebration on Saturday in Palestine.
“He will be back home again to spend the day in the park with all of his fans, family and friends,” said Carol Pegues, one of the organizers.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Saw Mill Hollow Park, 213 W. Crawford St. across from Shelton Gin in Old Town Palestine, behind the Palestine Herald-Press.
Peterson will help international hunger relief organization Feed The Children distribute boxes of food and personal care items to 400 Palestine families at 10:30 a.m.
Adrian Peterson All Day Foundation is a Feed The Children partner agency and has pre-identified the recipient families. The boxes are designed to help supplement a family for up to one week.
“We are so excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with Adrian Peterson,” said Larry Jones, founder and president of Feed The Children. “He has a true servant heart and we sincerely appreciate his gift of kindness. Many families in Palestine are experiencing difficult times right now so this food distribution will hopefully help those families in need.”
Peterson set Vikings single-season rushing record with 1,760 yards in 2008, now holding the first and third best single-season totals in team history in only two seasons. He became the first Viking to lead the NFL in rushing in 2008 and was named “Player of the Year” by the Maxwell Club. Peterson ranks fourth in NFL history for most rushing yards in a player’s opening two seasons with 3,101 yards.
He re-wrote the Vikings’ rookie record book with one of the biggest debut seasons in NFL history en route to the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year awards. He set a new NFL single-game rushing mark with 296 yards against San Diego on Nov. 4, 2007. Peterson played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma, finishing second in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a freshman.
Other events during Adrian Peterson Day will include a live auction, music and games for children. Vendors will sell food, or attendees can bring their own.
The live auction will be held later in the day (no specific time was given as of press time) and will include items from Peterson’s collection, including framed photos and memorabilia.
“Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets,” Peques said.
Admission to the park is a canned good item. The canned goods collected and the live auction proceeds will go to the Palestine Multicultural Education Center.
For more information, contact Carol Pegues at 972-754-6734 or Angela Jones at 903-394-1525.
Adrian Peterson missing this week's OTA's
Childress also confirmed that running backs Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor have also been missing this week. Asked if they will be around next week, Childress said, "We'll see. "They have surprised me back and forth when they are in and out," Childress said.
Adrian Peterson is getting leaner and stronger, he is dropping bodyfat, added 6 lbs of muscle and now weights 216 lbs.
June 13th, is Adrian Peterson Day in Palestine, Texas Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, a Palestine High School graduate, will be honored with the annual Adrian Peterson Day celebration on June 13 in Palestine.
“He will be back home again to spend the day in the park with all of his fans, family and friends,” said Carol Pegues, one of the organizers.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Saw Mill Hollow Park, 213 W. Crawford St. across from Shelton Gin in Old Town Palestine.
The Feed the Children organization will be on hand to give food to families in need.
Festivities will include games, music and fun for children. Vendors will be selling food.
“Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets,” Peques said.
Admission to the park is a canned good item. Proceeds will got to the Palestine Multicultural Education Center.
For more information, contact Carol Pegues at 972-754-6734 or Angela Jones at 903-394-1525.
Peterson focuses on demands of the job Adrian Peterson has enjoyed the attention from companies wanting him to endorse their products during his two NFL seasons, and it certainly was flattering that various organizations requested his presence. The checks that showed up for this type of work likely didn't hurt either. Read More...
Ian Johnson on joining Adrian Peterson Here's what Johnson told Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman: "I wanted to go in there and have someone who is a set guy be able to teach me. And who better to learn from than the Beast (Peterson) himself." Don't count on any smack talk from either Bronco, never mind the fact that Johnson outrushed Peterson 101-77 New Year's Night 2007.
"I don’t think I’m going to do that," Johnson told the Statesman. "(Peterson) is a little well-respected and he’s a little bit bigger than me now."
No Madden curse for Adrian Peterson, AD says No to EASports about being on the cover of Madden 2010
Thursday April 24th, at 5 PM Eastern, ESPN Classic will show OU @ Nebraska from 2005. ESPN Classic is showcasing "Before They Were Pros". My stats say AD ran for 146 yards and had 2 touchdowns. Adrian Peterson on ESPN Classic? Why not show the 2004 Red River SHut out when AD hit the national spotlight with 225 yards rushing?
Adrian Peterson said Tuesday night that he hopes to enter next season weighing as much as 230 pounds in an effort to better withstand the punishment he endures over the course of a season.
"Now is the time of the year to get down and dirty and really start getting after it," he said, noting that he is currently 218 pounds. "God willing [I will get to] 225, 230 just to see how it feels. Before the season starts I look forward to having my weight up so I will be able to see how it is when I run and cut and do different things like that."
Asked if he thinks more weight might affect his speed, Peterson said: "I don't think so at all."
NFC coach Andy Reid asked how many times Adrian Peterson wanted to carry the ball. "You can give it to me every time," Peterson replied. So Reid has his game plan prepared for Sunday's Pro Bowl: "I'm going to run him 400 times," the Philadelphia Eagles coach said.'
Adrian Peterson told reporters in Hawaii that he wants to be a bigger player in 2009 - literally bigger, as in 7 to 12 pounds heavier. “I don’t think too many guys would be excited to see me at 230 two times a year,” the always-humble AD proclaimed, going on to explain that with greater bulk would come more explosiveness.
Adrian Peterson wins the NFL Rushing Title! Vikings win their divison The Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson led the NFL in rushing in just his second season in the league. He became the fifth player in league history to reach 3,000 yards in his first two years, joining Eric Dickerson (Rams), Edgerrin James (Colts), Earl Campbell (Oilers) and Clinton Portis (Broncos). Peterson, second in the league in rushing last season, finished with 363 carries for 1,760 yards (a 4.8 average) and 10 touchdowns. His feat was overshadowed some by his fumble problems late in the season: he had six of them in December.
Adrian Peterson rushed 21 times for 103 yards and a touchdown in a Week 17 victory over the Giants.
Peterson's 67-yard touchdown sprint in the second-quarter highlighted an otherwise quiet season finale. The MVP candidate finishes up his '08 campaign with 1,760 yards and 10 touchdowns, with some fumble concerns standing as the only blemish on a splendid sophomore season
Peterson springs holiday surprise on kids Vikings running back Adrian Peterson surprised a group of kids from the Boys & Girls Club with a holiday shopping spree Tuesday evening at Dick's Sporting Goods in Richfield. The 24 Twin Cities-area children were given $300 each to spend at the store, with Peterson donating $200 to each child and Dick's Sporting Goods giving the rest. Peterson was joined by teammates Aundrae Allison, Sidney Rice and Visanthe Shiancoe. "Growing up and not being able to have everything I wanted, I understand where a lot of these kids might be coming from," Peterson said. "Now that I'm in a position to help, it feels good." On the way to the store, Peterson and his teammates were stuck in traffic for an hour because of the weather conditions. The children had no idea the Vikings players would be there to surprise them. Peterson received applause and cheers when he told the children they were getting a shopping spree.
Adrian Peterson feels "pretty fresh" after carrying the ball 321 times this season
"It's a long season so it's really all about trying to take care of your body," he said. "Actually, right now I feel pretty fresh."
Is Adrian Peterson the leader for MVP?
"RB Adrian Peterson (Minnesota). A safe frontrunner. On a field, he'd be tough to catch. He carries a Vikings offense that doesn't throw very often or very well. He leads the NFL in rushing (1,581 yards) and yards from scrimmage (1,690)." Link
Adrian Peterson may change his running style to avoid excessive hits
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said Wednesday that a cheap shot in the Tampa Bay game made him rethink whether it's wise -- or safe -- to keep fighting for yards when he's already wrapped up by defenders.
In a conference call with Arizona Cardinals writers, Peterson was asked about his hard-charging running style and whether he might be better off going down rather than keep taking body shots.
"Oh, yeah, I hear that from so many different people, 'When three guys got you wrapped up it might be in your best interest to go down,'" Peterson said. "It was kind of hard for me to take that until I took a shot to my knee. I want to say it was the Tampa Bay game. Some guys are really out there to hurt you. I found that out that game.
"It was a play where I was being held up and the whistle was blown. I wasn't going anywhere, and I just kept fighting for yards and a guy that wasn't in the play just came in and dove straight for my knee and tried to take me out. It is really all about being smart. I have learned a lot and took heed of that."
Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing, AD has 1,413 yards after week 14. Michael Turner is second with 1,269 and Clinton Portis is 3rd with 1,260.
CBSSports.com writes "So how come we don't hear Adrian Peterson name mentioned for league MVP? We should. The Vikings are nowhere without this guy. You can look it up: Not only does he have eight 100-yard games; he's responsible for 36 percent of the Vikings' offense, averages nearly five yards per carry and has four more TDs (9) than runner-up Bernard Berrian. Everyone stacks the line against him, yet Peterson somehow manages to find enough holes to lead the league in rushing. "
CHICAGO - Adrian Peterson didn't duplicate the record-setting performance of his first game in Soldier Field, but he did reach a milestone in a 48-41 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Vikings running back eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark in his 21st career game, tying him for third fastest to reach that milestone in NFL history. He rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Peterson had 224 yards and three TDs last year at Soldier Field. On his season-high 54-yard TD run, Peterson followed pulling guard Anthony Herrera over the left side and then cut back to the middle of the field, outrunning everyone to the end zone. "The coaches have been really harping on me to be more patient," Peterson said. "I was patient and let the guys up front do their job. I just really hugged Anthony Herrera on that pull. It shot wide open and it was off to the races." Adrian Peterson to work on ball security, after having 2 fumbles last Sunday "“That’s really not part of my game, putting the ball on the turf,” he said. “You can’t have that."
I won't post about the game vs the Saints
Adrian Peterson faces a Saints rush defense ranked tied for last in the NFL for allowing yards per carry. The Saints allow rushers 5.2 yards per carry, can you say 200 yard game? If the VIkings don't fall behind early, they can run the ball ALL DAY with AD. Now this is a match up, Adrian Peterson vs Reggie Bush
Adrian Peterson may rank second in the NFL with 420 yards rushing through the first four games, but he said a sore hamstring made him feel not like himself for the last two weeks. Apparently, he is feeling fine now. "My legs are absolutely under me now. I'm feeling 100 percent," Peterson said. "The past two weeks I've been feeling good, but I haven't been Adrian. I feel real good now. My legs feel fresh. My body feels good."
Despite not "being Adrian," Peterson still managed 157 yards and two touchdowns in the last two weeks, a victory over Carolina and a loss at Tennessee. "I could go out there and run full speed, but as far as opening it up and shifting into another gear, it hasn't really been there," Peterson said. "I've been able to go out and get away from guys still, so it hasn't really affected my game. But me just being 100 percent, no tweaks, nothing, just feeling good, feeling fresh, it's a good feeling inside."
Adrian Peterson carried the ball 18 times (NOT ENOUGH) for 80 yards, 2 touchdowns, his long run was 28 yards. He had 4 catches for 21 yards. Oh that was vs Tennessee. Highlights from NFL.com
Adrian Peterson (hamstring) is listed as questionable on the injury report this week against Tennessee.
Rotowire says... The questionable designation is a surprise since he practiced all week (even if limited), played last week and said on Thursday he doesn't have any tightness in his hamstring. We'd expect him to play this week but see a reduced workload along the lines of last week, but fantasy owners will need to check his status before Sunday's kickoff.
Adrian Peterson had a light load on Sunday, 17 carries for 77 yards, not TDs.
Adrian Peterson trails Michael Turner for the NFL lead in yards rushing, Turner has 366, AD has 340.
Adrian Peterson said he suffered a hamstring injury pushing through a pile late in the fourth quarter Sunday. “I felt it get real tight one me,” he said. Peterson was limited in practice Wednesday but he said he thinks he should be able to play Sunday. “I’m just taking it one day at a time and giving it some time to rest,” he said. “It’s just soreness in the hamstring.” Peterson said coach Brad Childress asked if he could return the final kickoff with a few seconds left Sunday but he was unable to.
“It was so tight and Coach Childress came up to me, getting ready to put him for the last play,” he said. “But I wasn’t able to go out and give 100 percent.” Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Peterson’s hamtring issue is “not something that’s a worry right now.” “He’s going through practice, he’s been out there,” Bevell said. “He knows how to prepare himself for the week. It’s always said there are a lot of guys who have bumps and bruises and things going on and being able to prepare themselves so they are 100 percent on game day.”
Adrian Peterson took part in a limited basis at practice Wednesday with a sore hamstring. There was no discussion following Sunday’s loss as to when A.D. felt the twinge in his hamstring, but the Vikings are being cautious in pushing him during practice. At Wednesday’s practice, Chester Taylor stepped up his practice routine in the event he will be needed to carry more of the offensive load for the Vikings.
Through the first two games of the season, it is clear that the workload isn’t going to be a split as it was early last season when Peterson and Taylor shared carries almost right down the middle. Peterson has 48 carries for 263 yards through two games, while Taylor has just nine carries for 37 yards – placing him third on the team behind Peterson and Tarvaris Jackson.
While Peterson is expected to be able to play Sunday against Carolina, the Vikings may be forced to lighten his load considerably from the 29 carries he had last Sunday.
Adrian Peterson has a new QB. Gus Frerotte. "I'm just not seeing right now the aggressiveness from Tarvaris that I saw throughout the offseason, training camp, the two preseason games that he played in," coach Brad Childress told ESPN. "And part of it may be experience. I know Gus will give us that. And I know his approach will also lend itself to that.
Adrian Peterson carried the ball 29 times for 160 yards, no TDs, he also had, 4 receptions for 20 yards. The Vikings need a QB, its that simple. You can watch AD's highlights on his profile page on NFL.com
Tony Dungy on facing Adrian Peterson next week "I don't know where to put him [in comparison to other running backs]," Dungy said after watching game film of Peterson. "[San Diego's LaDainian] Tomlinson, and I don't know if there's anybody else you can put in that category. [Peterson] looks special, and he gives them some spark. They have a very good offensive line, so it's going to be a big test for us."
Rotoworld writes, "Adrian Peterson ran for 103 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and caught an 11-yard pass in the Vikings' Week 1 loss. AD. saw a slightly expanded role from last year, playing on more third downs, but the Vikings could've benefited by sending him on some screens. His cutbacks were as explosive as ever and Peterson ran with typical power. He danced in virtually untouched on his three-yard TD in the fourth quarter.".Highlights
Adrian Peterson in a SportsCenter commercial
Titled “Personal Assistant,” Minnesota Vikings mascot Ragnar the Viking is hired to handle Peterson’s busy personal life. At one point, Ragnar drops off Peterson’s uniform and asks him to choose between two personal license plates, “Vike Me” and “All Day 2.” He chooses “Vike Me.” “SportsCenter” anchor Scott Van Pelt does the narration.
In the new ESPN the Mag, "The Talented Mr. Roto" Matthew Berry boldly predicted "Half of Adrian Peterson's points this year will come in three games. The rest will be spread out over nine games. Oh, and he'll miss at least three games"
So thats 3 gams with 30 to 35 points? and 9 with 10 to 15? We will see.
Adrian had 8 carries for 30 yards, and 1 reception for 22 vs. the Ravens Saturday night, game center is here
Adrian Peterson realizes he must be more patient, after reviewing film from last season he sees holes he missed. "I studied the film and I was always amazed on a lot of plays, it was really me," Peterson said. "It wasn't the offensive line not getting a block or anything like that, or anything they were doing really. It was really me kind of hurting myself."
"I was able to take a lot from those tapes," he said. "Just being more patient and learning to play up the gut more."
When asked about pressure? "Well, it's no pressure for me, to be honest, because I'm harder on myself than anybody; that's really how I do things," Peterson said. "I set my goals high and the expectations high for myself, and I work hard at accomplishing those goals."
Look at this idiot, he posted "Adrian Peterson Is Not Even Close to LaDainian Tomlinson "
The IDIOT writes, "At the end of the year, L.T. looked like Evander in his prime. A.P. looked like Butterbean in the 15th round while limping to the finish line." Did he forget AD was coming off a an injury? How do I know he's an idiot? he also thinks the KC Cheifs are good. Compete IDIOT. Look at his profile pic, what does think? Bleacherreport is myspace? Watch out for those 14 inch guns.
Mike Florio says Vikings should pay Adrian Peterson now
Since the Vikings currently enjoy the talents of the tailback who is poised to succeed L.T. as the best in the game, and possibly to become one of the best ever, the Vikings would be wise to ensure that Peterson at all times believes he is getting a fair shake in exchange for what he's bringing to the table.
Adrian Peterson did not have any carries in Friday's game.
ESPN THE MAG notes from Vikings Camp
Adrian Peterson has the strongest handshake this side of The Thing. I found this out after I had to cut short a live interview for The Mag's radio show so that I could chat with Peterson for the upcoming NFL preview issue. Five hours later, I'm just now getting the circulation back in my right hand.
How much do Vikes fans love AP? Enough that when he emerged from the locker room after the morning session, it was to chants of: "MVP…MVP…MVP…"
SI.com had 3 obsersations from Vikings camp. Adrian Peterson was the third 3. It's easy to understand why running back Adrian Peterson was so successful last season -- beyond his God-given abilities -- when you watch him practice. The second-year RB goes hard every play, often carrying the ball to the end zone if it's 50 yards away. Peterson set a number of team and league records last season, including most yards rushing (296) in a game, and he says his personal goals are loftier this season. If you're wondering, yes, he is thinking about 2,000 yards. He says he has reminders about his goals all around his house and that he studies them to remind him of where he wants to go.
Saturday Night's Practice Under The Lights, AD shines Running back Adrian Peterson was the starsof Saturday night's full-pads practice.Peterson got the fans' attention with several long runs and sharp cuts and even stuck rookie linebacker J Leman during an early pass-locking drill. Peterson's only miscue was a fumble that middle linebacker E.J. Henderson forced and recovered.
Adrian Peterson remains motivated through stardom Adrian Peterson walked out of Highland Center and into the hot Mankato sun hanging almost straight above him late Saturday morning. The Vikings had just completed a two-hour training-camp workout and had another scheduled for that night.Read More...
Adrian Peteron working on becoming a more complete back. "Coach E.B., Eric Bieniemy, really taught me a lot," says Peterson. "Different techniques, when it comes to pass blocking and little things like that. So he has definitely helped me improve my game, to just go on to that next level."
Viking Center Matt Birk on AD: "He was a rookie last year, probably relying on instincts a lot last year. And in the offseason you can kind of get a chance to step back and watch the film and really have time to digest and learn stuff," said Birk.
Adrian Peterson was asked how many yards he expects to rush for in 2008 "I don't know. Whatever it takes to help my team win the division title and get to that Super Bowl. Any way I can achieve it. It doesn't matter if I have 200 yards for the whole season. If we reach that Promised Land, I'll be satisfied."
Frion July 25 practice: "Adrian Peterson certainly didn't show any rust on the first day of camp. Peterson had a handful of explosive runs, including a long one through the gut of the second-team defense."
Adrian Peterson is happy to be rid of the brace he wore on his right knee after spraining it last November. He said he might even put it in his trophy case.
Peterson also proudly pointed out Friday the first time he went without the device was during the Pro Bowl in February - when he rushed for two touchdowns and was honored as the game's most valuable player
Rick Alonzo writes on PioneerPress.com "Adrian Peterson's remarkable talent gives him the ability to break off long runs at any time. But it appeared he looked for the big play too often late last season, instead of taking small, safe gains. Peterson can use training camp to work on being more patient and letting plays develop in front of him. Teams loaded up to stop the Vikings' run last season, and now Peterson must make adjustments of his own." Seems like deja vu, we heard this about AD when he was at OU. He'll be fine, how about the Vikings get a QB? So Adrian doesn't face 9 in the box.
The most indispensable players in the NFL (espn.com) AD is number 4 (Brady is number 1) It's been a long time since a rookie running back raced through the NFL like this guy. Along with setting a league record for most yards in a single game (296 against San Diego), Peterson energized a Vikings offense that wasn't offering much in the way of sizzle. Now the people around Minnesota are harboring Super Bowl hopes and they're probably thinking Peterson could gain 2,000 yards if he avoids the injuries that slowed him as a rookie. But you have to remember something else about this guy -- he's a star back without a strong passing game to ease the pressure on him. That alone makes him a member of this list. click here for the article
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Adrian Peterson received the Breakthrough Athlete award Wednesday during the 16th annual ESPY Awards.
Peterson attended Palestine High School and the University of Oklahoma before being drafted by the NFL's Minnesota Vikings in 2007. In his rookie year, Peterson rushed for 1,341 yards, including an NFL-one-game-record total of 296 against the San Diego Chargers. He was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Sean Salisbury when asked why Adrian Peterson blew up in his first year and Reggie Bush hasn't in his first 2.
"“Peterson is a running back that doesn’t come around often,” Salisbury said. “He is a special runner with his size and speed, but will Peterson have the same year? We don’t know. Can Reggie Bush have a 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving? He has that potential.”"
It sounds like Childress expects running back Adrian Peterson to be much improved in his pass blocking, thus making him a candidate to play in third-down situations. “I think he’ll be a better pass protector this year, just within our scheme, because to be a third-down back you’re not always going out,” Childress said, “at times you’re protecting with that running back and you have to be able to take on a linebacker.”
There will be a new Adrian Peterson advertisement for Vitamin Water. It will be him, 50 Cent, Brian Urlacher, David Ortiz, and Dwight Howard. They are dressed up as astronauts and will head off to space. Be on the look out.
Adrian Peterson "God kept me focused" A report on Adrian Peterson Day “Sometimes I ask myself, ‘Why me?’” Peterson said. “God kept me focused through my journey, and though it had its bumps, God was able to help me accomplish my dream.
June 21 was The Second Annual Adrian Peterson Day in Palestine, Texas
"I'm proud of Palestine," he said. "I come back, and they support me like this. I wear it on my sleeve, I never forget where I come from. I know I'm keeping it close. I get reminded almost every day in the locker room. With my accent, they know I come from the country." VIDEO
The Old Spice Adrian Peterson Football Camp will be held at the OU Intramural Fields from June 26-28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Camp is open to youth football players ages 7-14. Cost is $199. For more information and to register, visit www.AdrianPetersonCamp.com or call (513) 793-2267 for more information.
Wes Welker to spend Friday with "All Day”: NFL wide receiver and Oklahoma City native Wes Welker will assist fellow All-Pro Adrian Peterson at his football camp next Friday at OU. Welker, a Heritage Hall graduate, will join Peterson, a former OU All-American running back, at the camp to share tips, drills and insight on what it takes to make it in sports, the NFL and life.
Adrian Peterson on staying Focused
Look for AD to catch more balls this season: Peterson said he is in optimal shape and plans to continue to work out over the next month and a half. He said one thing he has focused on is catching the ball, something he wasn't called upon to do much at Oklahoma or in high school.
Adrian Peterson launches foundation for children "I remember when I was these kids' age, and I wish I had the opportunity to be able to go to different camps and see the players that I admired and looked up to," Peterson said of one of his primary motivations. "I want to be able to inspire those kids to live out their dreams, no matter what," he said. "Focus on a dream and do whatever it takes to accomplish that, especially how the world is today. It's changed in a lot of different ways, and I want to get kids on a different path. "I want to let them know that, 'Hey, I came from a small town, so it's possible for you to do it too.' "
ADRIAN PETERSON FANTASY COVER SHOOT
No two ways about it: Adrian Peterson is a beast. (His nickname is "All Day," which seems fairly appropriate) As such, he's on the cover of ESPN's special Fantasy Football 2008 magazine (it's available all summer!) Running behind arguably the best O-Line in football, Peterson should post some monster numbers this year. We were lucky enough to catch up with him at the photo shoot for this cover. Check out the video here!
Adrian Peterson McFarland Sportspicks, in stores October
Chatting with Peterson (video)
Darren Sharper chats with Pro Bowl RB Adrian Peterson about his goals for the season.
Pic on the right from OTAs
New Adrian Peterson video added May 23rd 2008
Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he expects to catch more passes this season than last season's total of 19 and for his overall game to be better. Peterson added he believes the addition of WR Bernard Berrian will limit the number of of eight- and nine-man fronts the team faced in 2007. "When they had nine, 10 guys in the box last year, we were still kind of able to get the work done," Peterson said. "It's kind of scary to see what we're capable of doing this year."
Adrian Peterson visits a school: Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson and team owner Zygi Wilf traveled to Brainerd Thursday morning.
The visit was part of the "What Moves U" program to encourage kids to be more physically active. The 2008 Pro Bowl MVP and the team's owner were greeted by excited students at Forestview Middle School on Thursday.
Peterson said Thursday the knee feels "perfectly fine."
Can Adrian Peterson rush for 2,000 yards?
Peterson's goals for 2008 include a 2,000-yard campaign, an improvement on the 19 catches he had last season and, perhaps, an MVP trophy. "I definitely feel like I can do it," Peterson said Thursday when asked about being voted the league's top player. "Anything is possible. Especially with how my mindset is. I set my bar high. I expect a lot from myself. I'm surrounded by a great group of guys offensively and defensively on both sides, special teams, so it's possible for anything to happen." More
SignonSandiego.com have their first power rankings and Minnesota is rankted 5th.
5. Minnesota. Any time, give me a team that has the league's most electric running back, Adrian Peterson, and its leading sacker, Jared Allen.
Granted, Tarvaris Jackson is still the quarterback, but with Peterson doing his magic, this team doesn't have to depend on the pass. Its defense was just fine a year ago – No. 1 against the rush – before Allen was added.
With Allen mounting his rushes, no one is going to score much against the Vikings.
Looking for new Adrian, an article comparing McFadden to Adrian Peterson, as if McFadden will break the single game rushing record by week 8. AD is one of kind.
Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden thinks Adrian Peterson may be the best running back he's ever seen.
"I've never seen a guy play like Adrian Peterson as long as I've been studying film," Gruden says. "Adrian Peterson is a superstar." In case you find yourself doubting whether Peterson really is the most talented player on the field each week, this should help.
Childress said he has talked to running back Adrian Peterson about a "sophomore jinx," as well as the interest in his time. "The big thing is, he manages all the restrictions and demands of his time, because he really could go 365 days a year," Childress said. On a related note, Peterson is planning on doing an ESPN commercial.
Berrian talks about Adrian Peterson; Money aside, Berrian said he chose the Vikings because he likes the upside of the offense. Especially Adrian Peterson. The Vikings Pro Bowl running back was a major selling point for Berrian. "Oh definitely," Berrian chuckles
He remembers the day when 'All-Day' (Peterson) ran all day for 224 yards on the Bears defense, setting a Vikings rushing record at the time. And he also knows Peterson later set the NFL rushing record with 296 yards against the Chargers.
Selling point? You bet. "Then when I saw it live, I was shocked, and I don't get shocked by too many players, but he shocked me a lot, so yeah it was definitely a selling point.""
NFL Total Access showed the top 10 runs of the year, guess how many were Adrian Peterson runs? 1? 2? 3? how about 4. Thats DOMINATION, oh gee, no runs from LT Check out the video
Childress: There's room for Peterson to improv
The Vikings coach said his Pro Bowl back can improve his blocking and reads when searching for a hole and that he'd better get used to stacked defenses. (Hey Coach about getting a REAL QB and some WRs???? so AD doesn't face 8 and 9 in the box)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the 2007 Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year, Diet Pepsi and the National Football League announced today.
During the 2007 season, Peterson shattered all Vikings rookie rushing records and set an NFL record for rushing yards in a game with 296 against San Diego on Nov. 4. Peterson led the NFC and was second in the NFL in rushing with 1,341 yards, a total that ranks as the second-most yards in a season in Vikings history. Peterson helped the Vikings set a new team record for rushing yards in a season with 2,634, and, along with RB Chester Taylor (844 yards), set a new team record for rushing yards by a tandem with 2,185. A threat as a receiver and a kick returner, Peterson amassed 2,021 combined net yards to rank second in Vikings history behind Herschel Walker's 2,051 in 1990. In Week 9 at San Diego, Peterson set the single game rushing record (296 yards) and scored three touchdowns, repeating his three touchdown effort at Chicago during Week 6 when he ran for 224 yards. Peterson, who attended University of Oklahoma, was nominated for seven Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week awards, winning three times.
Nearly 440,000 fan votes were submitted for the 2007 Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year on NFL.com and via Sprint wireless service from January 3 through January 28, shattering last year's total of 363,500.
Access Vikings blog: "Earlier today, Peterson said the knee that slowed him toward the end of the season is “fine.” He has rehabbing it in his native Texas since the end of the season. He also said the 8- and 9-man fronts that stuffed him toward the end of the season wouldn’t have been as effective if “I was just a little more patient on certain plays … so those are things I’ll definitely have to work on.”
Peterson also said he will wear his knee brace when he plays in the Pro Bowl a week from Sunday. “Better safe than sorry,” he said.
Speaking of the Pro Bowl, Peterson said the final tally of teammates he’s taking with him to Hawaii is 10. He also will be taking 25 family members with him, said his father, Nelson, who is making the rounds with Adrian this week.
Peterson will be here all week for promotional events. He’ll leave for the Pro Bowl on Monday.
Asked if he envisions himself making it to a Super Bowl as a player, Peterson smiled and said, “Definitely. Yeah. Definitely, definitely, definitely.”
Adrian Peterson's Super Bowl Pick? Patriots 24-17. Adrian was on Sirius NFL Radio with Adam Schein & Jim Miller on Monday, the 28th. He said as long as Eli doesn't turn the ball over, Pats win 24-17. So it sounds like AD is forecasting a blow out.
Adrian Peterson was at the East-West Shrine Game cheering on his former teammates
Adrian Peterson stood on the West team sideline for most of the first half, cheering on his former Oklahoma teammates. The four Sooners in the game were running back Allen Patrick, defensive back Marcus Walker, tight end Joe Jon Finley and kicker Garrett Hartley.
Patrick was injured in the first quarter and had just one carry for 3 yards. Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter, but gave the West a 10-3 lead with one from 23-yard just before halftime.
Peterson, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, said he shared some advice with his friends on the team.
"I told them: 'This is your last opportunity in pads to show the scouts what you have, so you've just got to go out there and lay it all on the line,' " he said.
Walker intercepted a pass by Penn State's Anthony Morelli and returned it 22 yards in the second quarter."
Vikings' Peterson voted AP Offensive Rookie of the Year
NEW YORK -- Adrian Peterson ran away with The Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year voting the same way he surged past opposing tacklers this season.
The Minnesota Vikings running back, who set the league mark for rushing in a game with 296 yards in a 35-17 victory over San Diego, also had a 224-yarder in a win against Chicago. The key to Minnesota's improvement to an 8-8 record this season, he led the NFC with 1,341 yards rushing, second only to San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson in the league. His 78 points on 13 touchdowns were second in the conference.
Those numbers, compiled in 14 games, and his overall impact -- the Vikings struggled to pass the ball, yet were in the wild-card race until the final game -- earned Peterson 46½ votes Wednesday from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas was the only other player receiving votes, 3½.
"I added to things they already had," Peterson said. "I am a playmaker. That's why I say if there is anything I could do to put me out there, just put me out there.
"I wanted to come in and be a difference and help the team turn around. I came with the attitude to do whatever I had to do to get on the field."
Peterson was not a starter until the sixth game, a week after his big performance against the Bears. While veteran Chester Taylor opened the first five games and was coming off a strong year, it was clear that Peterson could be a difference-maker.
So coach Brad Childress had to turn him loose.
"From an early time, a week after the draft when we had about 50 free agents in here, you knew he was going to be a special guy," Childress said.
The seventh selection in the draft, Peterson brought some durability issues with him after suffering several injuries at Oklahoma. He did miss two games with a knee problem and wasn't particularly effective for much of December when he returned to the lineup.
But at his best, Peterson was as good as any rookie runner the league has seen; halfway through the schedule, he was on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards.
And even though he slowed because of the injury, Peterson had little competition for the award.
"I knew what I was bringing to the table. I'm pretty sure those guys knew by drafting me," Peterson said. "I came in with the attitude to just contribute any way I could. Get in game shape and be valuable to play."
Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin played at Texas and faced Peterson each season. That Peterson was the NFL's top offensive rookie was no surprise to Griffin.
"I knew what he possessed. He's just a great back, and I respect that of him," Griffin said. "I don't think he needs any praises, because he knows that he has that capability of carrying this team. He's been doing a great job, and everyone knows that."
Peterson is the fifth Viking to win the award, joining Paul Flatley in 1967, Chuck Foreman in 1973, Sammy White in '76 and Randy Moss in 1998. Only Foreman was a running back; the other three were wide receivers.