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Posts about Adrian Peterson

Changing our minds on Adrian Peterson: A story in 10 poll questions

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: February 25, 2015 - 10:29 AM

So these are the results of the latest Star Tribune question on whether the Vikings should keep Adrian Peterson:

# of votes   % of votes
Yes, he's vital to the team's success in 2015 2026 49% 49%  
No, it's time for both sides to move on 2071 51% 51%  
Total Votes 4097    

To put it mildly, Vikings fans have gone back and forth on Peterson as his issues with the NFL and the Vikings have played out.

In the beginning, on September 15, we asked what the Vikings should do with Peterson when reports of his child-abuse case were first made public.


Reinstate him during the legal process. 3530 42% 42%  
Suspend him during the legal process. 2693 32% 32%  
Release him outright. 2247 27% 27%  
Total Votes 8470  

Two days later, when the Vikings reinstated him, we asked how you felt about that:


Agree 5436 34% 34%  
Disagree 8972 56% 56%  
Not sure 1654 10% 10%  
Total Votes 16062

The next day, he was suspended again -- and wouldn't play for the rest of the 2014 season. Did you agree with the call?


Yes 7742 64% 64%  
No 4331 36% 36%  
Total Votes 12073  

Then we asked if Peterson would ever play for the Vikings again:


Yes 1716 35% 35%  
No 3139 65% 65%  
Total Votes 4855  

That was it for our Peterson questions until early November, when Peterson's legal case was settled and we asked if he should rejoin the Vikings. That's when we saw the first change of heart.


Yes, he should rejoin the team right away 16305 72% 72%  
Yes, but not until he serves a longer suspension 2174 10% 10%  
No, he should not play again for the Vikings 4090 18% 18%  
Total Votes 22569  

On November 17, after the NFL suspended Peterson for the rest of the season, we asked if you agreed with the decision:


Yes 4162 43% 43%  
No 5575 57% 57%  
Total Votes 9737  

A month later, when the NFL denied Peterson's appeal, you didn't like that by an even greater margin:


Yes 1670 30% 30%  
No 3882 70% 70%  
Total Votes 5552  

On New Year's Eve, we asked if you wanted Peterson to return to the Vikings -- and most were on board with that:


Yes 6090 77% 77%  
No 1843 23% 23%  
Total Votes 7933  

Earlier this month, when Peterson came to Minneapolis to appeal his suspension in court, we asked if you thought Peterson would play for the Vikings in 2015. You did:


Yes 4269 66% 66%  
No 2159 34% 34%  
Total Votes 6428  

And, once again, after Peterson said the Vikings didn't support him as much as he would have liked and his agent had a verbal altercation with a Vikings official, we asked one more time if you want Peterson back. Right now, you pretty much can't make up your mind.


Yes, he's vital to the team's success in 2015 2043 49% 49%  
No, it's time for both sides to move on 2085 51% 51%  
Total Votes 4128  

We'll see how you feel about this on April 15, when Peterson is eligible to be reinstated -- and maybe even again (and again) as the story plays out. Keep in mind, this isn't scientific polling. But we can make a pretty good argument these 10 polls do a pretty good job of tracking how the mood toward Peterson has shifted back and forth.

Peterson's season? Ninth best by a running back

Posted by: Chris Miller Updated: December 31, 2012 - 11:26 AM

Adrian Peterson's near record-setting season was judged by an independent observer -- the very savvy Joe Posnanski -- as the ninth best season by a running back.  When you look at the statistical evidence, you might agree. Or, you might not. 

Posnanski's story appears in the Sports on Earth blog.



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