Adrian Peterson

A star running back for the Minnesota Vikings,he was named the NFL MVP in 2012. That season, less than a year after career-threatening major knee surgery, Peterson ran for 2,097 rushing yards, just 9 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season all-time record.

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Palestine, Texas




Minnesota Vikings


Running back




6 ft. 1 in.


217 lb.


University of Oklahoma


$8 million in 2012


NFL Most Valuable Player (2012), NFL Rushing Champion (2008, 2012), All-Pro (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012), NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2012), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2007), Pro Bowl MVP (2007)

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Next for Adrian Peterson: Getting case through the courts

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 18 2014 - 1:43 PM

Adrian Peterson is unlikely to play again this season and his future as a Minnesota Viking appears in doubt.Facing a revolt by its corporate ad partners, the team abruptly reversed course Wednesday...

Mom: Adrian's a loving father

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 18 2014 - 5:35 AM

The mother of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said Wednesday that he is “trying hard to be a good parent” even as he faces allegations that he committed child abuse when he struck...

Nike stores pull Adrian Peterson jerseys; mother of alleged victim critical of media

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 17 2014 - 6:05 AM

The Minnesota Vikings and the NFL tried to weather a growing tempest Tuesday over Adrian Peterson’s return to the backfield despite his ongoing prosecution on child abuse charges.By Wednesday...

Dayton: Vikings should suspend Peterson until accusations resolved

BLOG POST Updated: Sep 16 2014 - 5:52 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that the Minnesota Vikings should suspend running back Adrian Peterson until accusations of child abuse against him have been resolved in the criminal justice...

Vikings say they will let legal process play out with Peterson

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 16 2014 - 7:21 AM

The three-day turmoil surrounding Adrian Peterson and the Vikings ground to a decision Monday when the team’s star player returned to Winter Park for business as usual.But there was definitely...

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