If there is one NFL player that high school and college players should look up to, it should be Minnesota Vikings stud running back Adrian Peterson. When it comes to defying all odds, Peterson has done it. When all the doctors and experts said he would never play the same again, all Peterson did was work harder. You can’t keep a good man down.
The former first round pick of 2007 NFL Draft is having a phenomenal season. With over 1,400 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, Peterson is having one of the best seasons of his career. This coming when just a little less than one year ago, Peterson tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee. What a remarkable come back for the six year veteran.
All Peterson has done this year is put up staggering numbers and leads the league in a few rushing categories. Peterson’s stats are so ridiculous, his competition isn’t anywhere close. The numbers never lie: “AP” is over 300 yards ahead of second place Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks in total rushing yards. With a 6.2 average yards per carry, Peterson is only third to CJ Spiller of the Buffalo Bills and quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins. In yards per game, Peterson is almost 30 yards more ahead of his competitors with 120 yards per game average.
Perhaps the most telling stat is Peterson’s ability to break through the second level. Peterson has 17 runs of twenty or more yards – that is tops in the NFL. Spiller is second with 11. Oh by the way, AP also leads the league in rushes of 40 yards or more as well, with five. No. 28 of the Vikings has dominated his fellow rivals with an exclamation point.
During last week’s division game against the Green Bay Packers, the 27 year old looked like he was on his way to breaking his own single game rushing record. He didn’t, but finished the game with 210 yards and a touchdown.
With four games left, Peterson has to have 2,000 yards in sight. There is no reason why he couldn’t shatter his career high in 2008 with 1,760 yards rushing. At this point in the season, if your not pulling for Peterson, then you are not a true NFL fan.
Ryan Ruiz – rantsports.com Writer
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