Adrian Peterson Actually Enjoys Hearing PED Speculation

By Andrew Fisher
Adrian Peterson
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A lot of people marvel at the superhuman Adrian Peterson. After coming back from ACL surgery in eight months, and then proceeding to lead the NFL in rushing, he left many of us with our jaws dropped. But at the same time, other people are skeptical of his accomplishments. It’s mainly because of how fast he recovered and how good he looked doing it, that some have even proposed he took performance enhancing drugs to speed up the recovery process.

Peterson isn’t bothered by these doubters, or by the anonymous Detroit Lions‘ player who said,”whatever you were juicing on, let me know. I need it.” AP actually takes these criticisms as compliments.

“To me, it’s a compliment (PED talk). I’ve always been an honest person. I never cheated the system. I am big on taking advantage of my natural abilities and applying work ethic to it to be able to climb the highest level. People make that decision to do that (PEDS), but I’m not that individual. I feel like I’d be cheating myself. And things I’ve accomplished would be void. That’s not what I am about.”

To briefly summarize Peterson’s comments – it’s all natural. I hope that he’s telling the truth, because that would be the last thing the NFL needs. Even though fans don’t seem to care as much about juicing in football, it would just be disheartening to learn that one of the game’s best players cheated his way to a 2,000-yard season.

If Peterson is the ultimate competitor he says he is, he would not only be letting himself down by cheating, he’d be letting millions of fans down as well. He’s one of those unique players, that even if you’re not a Minnesota Vikings‘ fan, you still probably like to see what he does each week (as long as he’s not playing your team).

It’s not surprising that Peterson takes the PED speculation as complimentary, because he seems to have a way to turn anything into motivation.


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