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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Vikings GM Rick Spielman: 'Adrian's not going anywhere'

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 24 2014 - 5:01 PM

If you think there’s a chance the Vikings might trade running back Adrian Peterson, general manager Rick Spielman rejected the hypothetical this week.“Adrian’s not going...

Is Adrian Peterson's latest surgery cause for concern?

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 24 2014 - 6:32 AM

The Vikings announced running back Adrian Peterson had groin surgery Thursday and is “expected to make a full recovery in approximately six weeks.”But then what?This makes three offseason...

Rand: Adrian Peterson's legacy coming into focus

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 23 2014 - 6:35 AM

We’re not sure if this is the official crossroads of Adrian Peterson’s career — the point where we stop talking about his potential, or even his greatness, and start wondering how...

Vikings' Peterson faces surgery

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 23 2014 - 6:35 AM

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was hampered by a groin injury late in the season, will have surgery, two outlets reported Wednesday.ESPN and Fox Sports reported Wednesday that Peterson...

Survey: Peterson is player that NFLers would most like to see in Super Bowl

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 22 2014 - 9:58 AM

Hundreds of NFL players were asked by ESPN whom they would most want to see play in the Super Bowl. Leading the responses: Viking star running back Adrian Peterson.Peterson and the Vikings came close...

Peterson has short day in lopsided loss

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 23 2013 - 6:24 AM

CINCINNATI – Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was a nonfactor on the field Sunday, but the reigning league MVP hopes his considerable clout makes a difference off the field when he...

Peterson: 'I love the game too much just to sit out'

VIDEO Updated: Dec 14 2013 - 7:23 AM

Peterson's foot injury not believed to be serious

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 10 2013 - 6:31 AM

Adrian Peterson entered the Vikings locker room Monday afternoon with his right foot in a walking boot. Peterson still had one more medical test later in the day, but the MVP running back seemed...

Injured Peterson rips officials, calls Baltimore fans 'worst' after Vikings loss

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 9 2013 - 12:12 PM

BALTIMORE - After a 29-26 loss that included five touchdowns and five lead changes in the final 2 minutes, 5 seconds, Adrian Peterson vented to reporters and via Twitter.He said that Baltimore had...

Peterson talks about ankle injury

VIDEO Updated: Dec 9 2013 - 6:33 AM

Vikings' Peterson keeps pushing to be the best ever

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 8 2013 - 6:39 AM

With 10,057 yards in his rearview mirror and faith that his future will carry him past Emmitt Smith’s rushing record of 18,355, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson sat down with the Star...

Jim Souhan: Peterson is forever chasing numbers

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 2 2013 - 11:41 AM

He begins his carries with the upright bearing of Eric Dickerson, and finishes them with the pugilistic mien of Jim Brown. Adrian Peterson bulled and sprinted into the company of legends again on...

Despite lack of 'explosion,' Vikings' Peterson soldiers on

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 22 2013 - 2:06 PM

Adrian Peterson spotted his opening, an inviting swath of running room that he ordinarily turns into a personal highlight.On the second play of Sunday’s game at Seattle, Peterson took the...

Peterson hindered by injured groin

VIDEO Updated: Nov 18 2013 - 6:42 AM

Reusse: This isn't close to the MVP Adrian

BLOG POST Updated: Nov 17 2013 - 9:45 PM

Is anyone still holding onto the idea that Adrian Peterson is the same running back that he was in 2012? If you're a Vikings fan and believe that, you're dreaming.Nobody wants to say it. Everybody...

Peterson feels offense will remain committed to run

BLOG POST Updated: Nov 6 2013 - 9:02 AM

Running back Adrian Peterson was quick to point out he had more carries at halftime (14) in Sunday’s loss against the Cowboys than at the end of the last three games. Last year’s NFL MVP...

Vikings' Peterson looks forward to 'home' game in Dallas

BLOG POST Updated: Oct 31 2013 - 1:36 PM

Adrian Peterson will return to the Lone Star State this weekend when the Vikings face the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. But Peterson won’t have as many family members as the last time...

Injury issues surface for Vikings

BLOG POST Updated: Oct 20 2013 - 8:44 PM

Today was a travel day for the Vikings, so no media access.There are some major injury questions for the team on Monday as it gets ready for its game against the Giants (7:40 p.m., ESPN and Ch. 4) in...

Freeman gets starting nod for Vikings

BLOG POST Updated: Oct 16 2013 - 12:22 PM

Josh Freeman was named the Vikings starting quarterback for Monday night's game against the New York Giants.Coach Leslie Frazier made the announcement at noon following the Vikings' morning practice,...

Peterson's son dies in Sioux Falls after assault

BLOG POST Updated: Oct 11 2013 - 4:38 PM

The Sioux Falls police department released news this afternoon that one of Adrian Peterson's children, a 2-year-old son, has died from injuries sustained in alleged assault by the boyfriend of the...

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