Adrian Peterson has accomplished many great feats in his NFL career. Unfortunately, the inability to hang onto the football and Brett Favre’s ill-advised throw across the middle of the field in the NFC Championship Game in 2009 is all that stood in the way of Peterson and a Super Bowl berth.
The worst part is the Minnesota Vikings don’t have the look of a team that will reach the top of the mountain anytime soon. However, that hasn’t stopped a group of 320 NFL players from voting Peterson as the No. 1 player they would like to see play in the Super Bowl before his career is over. The players took a survey via ESPN’s NFL Nation Confidential, which resulted in Peterson narrowly beating out tight end Tony Gonzalez by three votes.
“That’s pretty cool,” Peterson said, according to ESPN. “It feels good. I guess guys are able to see the passion that I play with, the desire I play with, and they respect it enough to make that type of statement.
“It says a lot, and it means a lot.”
The Vikings haven’t had a lot of postseason success since Peterson arrived in Minnesota. For that reason, many have pondered whether he will leave the organization in the near future for greener pastures, or at least a team that can help punch his ticket to the big dance. It wasn’t that long ago that Peterson stated he wouldn’t mind finishing his career with the Dallas Cowboys.
“You know, I’d be a liar if I said it’s something that hasn’t crossed my mind before,” Peterson said, according to Fox Sports Southwest. “But I’ve also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that.
“But being from Texas, I’ve always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home,” he added. “Or to play in Houston.”
Either way, it’s nice to know that Peterson’s peers don’t want to see one of the greats finish without a shot at a Super Bowl ring, like what happened to legend Barry Sanders.