Vikings running back Adrian Peterson joined The Dan Patrick Show today, and Peterson addressed the question of whether Peterson or Titans running back Chris Johnson is the better player.
“Are you better than Chris?” Patrick asked.
“Yes,” Peterson said.
“[He's] not faster, stronger, anything,” Peterson explained, via Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “You’ve got
to understand you’re talking to a guy . . . that’s just the mentality that I
have. I have ultimate respect for the guy and he’s a heck of a player. I
remember at one point and time me talking on the phone to Chris
Johnson. He was telling me, ‘I’m just a big fan of yours. I like your
style.’ Some [of the] advice that I gave him was, ‘I play this game to
be the best player ever to play the game. That’s my mentality.'”
It’s widely believed that Johnson is currently the best running back in the league, by virtue of his 2,006-yard season on the ground last year and a record-breaking total yards from scrimmage. And before assuming that it’ll be Johnson vs. Peterson for NFL running back supremacy in 2010, we suggest keeping an eye on Ray Rice.
And we’d still bet on Chris Johnson winning a footrace among the three of them.