NFL Fans of all ages have seen all kinds of franchise caliber players. There are players who have the style and will blow you away with their personalities and there are franchise players like Adrian Peterson, who have you on the edge of your seat every Sunday because of his greatness and his will to compete. Adrian Peterson came off a devastating knee injury that required surgery on both tears to his ACL and MCL in 2011. Peterson came back and had one of the greatest seasons ever for a running back leading to both Offensive Player of the year and MVP honors in 2012. Peterson had a season for the ages in 2012 just coming up just short of breaking Eric Dickerson‘s single season rushing record. Peterson still had a historic 2012 MVP season rushing for 2,097 yards on 348 carries and had 12 rushing touchdowns all resulting in a spectacular six yards per carry.
Most teams that play the Vikings know that their strength is running the football so they have eight or nine man fronts. The Vikings knew that so they had to give their franchise cornerstone some much-needed help on offense. They signed Greg Jennings this off-season, who left the Green Bay Packers as a free agent to a five-year, $47.5 million contract ($18 million guaranteed) to help their offense become a bit more balanced and to help 3rd year Quarterback Christian Ponder take that next step. With the addition of Greg Jennings, defenses won’t be able to put eight or nine defenders in the box and that will give Peterson even more room to run behind his solid offensive line that simply mauls people in the run game. Peterson has been the best running back in the game for the past six seasons now with his physical running style and his ability to break a long touchdown run at anytime.
Adrian Peterson can top his 2012 season and break the single season rushing record if obviously he stays healthy and behind his superb offensive line and Pro Bowl Full Back Jerome Felton. If there’s one running back that I would bet on its him. He underwent surgery on his sports hernia in the off-season but he will be ready for the start of the season. Peterson’s competitive spirit is something to always admire. He works harder than most and he is like an old school running back because he runs straight ahead and will run either around or through you with ease. He isn’t like some running backs who have given all of the credit to himself. He has acknowledged his superb Offensive Line on numerous occasions that they are a big reason for his success and that takes a true teammate to say that. My respect grew for him even more afterwards.
Adrian Peterson has set the standard for other athletes in all of pro sports that they can come back better than ever from a serious injury. It takes will, commitment to your craft and hard work to be in the best possible shape to compete. If any athlete right is going through a serious knee injury of some sorts and needs a source of inspiration, watch Adrian Peterson highlights on NFL Network and see that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and ignore the critics. Peterson is the one running back that i would never bet against. The upcoming 2013-14 season should be another special one for Peterson and NFL Fans are anxious to see what he does for an encore.