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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Adrian Peterson's lawyer files motion opposing judge's recusal

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 17 2014 - 7:19 AM

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wants to keep the original judge on his Texas felony child abuse case, according to a 15-page motion released Thursday that references both Abraham...

Prosecutors seek to rearrest Peterson for smoking marijuana

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 10 2014 - 6:02 AM

Sidelined superstar Adrian Peterson’s admission that he smoked “a little weed” led Texas prosecutors to file a motion Thursday seeking to revoke his bond and have him jailed.The...

Judge: Dec. 1 trial date for Adrian Peterson likely

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 9 2014 - 6:22 AM

A Texas judge on Wednesday set a tentative Dec. 1 trial date for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who said through his lawyer that he wants his child abuse case resolved so he can get...

Behind Peterson's perfect image lay an imperfect human being

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 7 2014 - 1:29 PM

With a new season, a new coach and a $1 billion stadium on the way, the Minnesota Vikings turned to their undisputed star last summer to appear on the team’s yearbook cover: Adrian Peterson,...

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...

Hartman: A lot to consider in Peterson situation

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 15 2014 - 3:27 PM

There is no doubt the Vikings missed Adrian Peterson in Sunday’s 30-7 loss to the Patriots after he was deactivated for the game following his indictment in Texas for reckless or negligent...

Texas hometown stands by local hero Adrian Peterson all day

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 15 2014 - 8:59 AM

PALESTINE, TEXAS – Mementos from Adrian Peterson’s football career are enclosed in a glass case near the entrance to Palestine High School.His jersey and a plaque honoring his state track...

Without Peterson, Vikings go down meekly to Patriots

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 15 2014 - 5:54 AM

Adrian Peterson was not present at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday, but the shadow of the star running back and face of the Vikings franchise loomed over the home opener after he was deactivated Friday...

Vikings notes: Zimmer cuts off inquiries about Peterson case

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 15 2014 - 5:53 AM

It’s not often that an NFL head coach only wants to talk about a blowout loss, but there Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was Sunday, practically begging reporters to nitpick his football team...

Vikings fans upset by Peterson charges but excited about outdoor football

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 15 2014 - 5:53 AM

Not even the arrest of star running back Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges seemed able to cast a pall over the enthusiasm of Minnesota Vikings fans for the return to outdoor football.Fans still...

Rand: Fans vary on how to tackle Adrian Peterson news

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 15 2014 - 5:52 AM

Sports media stories that revolve around generating fan reaction to major events can be a dicey proposition. The sample size of voices collected vs. actual voices out there wouldn’t pass any...

Peterson's NFL future in doubt as charges unfold

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 14 2014 - 9:11 AM

The explosive legal case against Vikings star Adrian Peterson was laid out Saturday in Texas, making it clear that the running back will have to convince a jury that whipping his son was...

Vikings' Adrian Peterson released on bond, won't play Sunday

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 13 2014 - 2:13 PM

One of the darkest weeks in NFL history took another disturbing twist Friday when a warrant was issued in Texas for the arrest of Adrian Peterson, the face of the Vikings, over his treatment of one...

Souhan: NFL's shocking tales go on and on

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 13 2014 - 8:19 AM

I miss reading about athletes taking steroids.I miss reading about athletes smoking marijuana.I miss minor vices decorating the sports page like parsley on steak.This week in sports has made me want...

Adrian Peterson is out Sunday, and his future is unclear

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 13 2014 - 7:16 AM

The Vikings game plan took an unexpected turn Friday, two days before the team’s home opener against the Patriots at TCF Bank Stadium.Running back Adrian Peterson was deactivated after a...

Vikings' Peterson is itchin' for hittin'

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 5 2014 - 1:56 PM

You won’t find it on a sign, in a playbook or as part of any Vikings code of on-field conduct. But if you’re a defender at Winter Park, you know the rule.“I would say it’s one...

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