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Spielman thinks Peterson is motivated to prove he’s better than before his injury

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has five full seasons in the NFL.  Last week, he turned 27.

Recent history regarding the positions tells us that he may be closer to the end of his career than the beginning.

Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman thinks otherwise.  During Thursday’s PFT Live, he described Peterson as the “face of the franchise,” a “unique talent,” and a “future Hall of Famer.”

“He’s not like most running backs that I’ve been around through my career,” Spielman said. “He is just a freak athletically and you can see that in his rehab and how quickly he’s coming back from this ACL and I know he wants to go out there and prove to everybody he’s a better Adrian Peterson than he was before the injury.”

That won’t be easy to do, because Peterson was pretty darn good before he went down.  Still, it looks like he’ll continue to be the focal point of the Minnesota offense indefinitely into the future, which definitely makes him an exception to the current rule of NFL running backs.

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32 Responses to “Spielman thinks Peterson is motivated to prove he’s better than before his injury”
  1. radrntn says: Mar 29, 2012 8:06 PM

    good news AP you don’t have to play the raiders again for 3 years. sorry they put you out.

  2. canadianvikingfaniii says: Mar 29, 2012 8:17 PM

    Rookie year he tore his mcl in Greenbay, next game back, 200yrd game against a top notch Bears Defence. Before that 296 against the Chargers 5th rated run Defence. He is no ordinary back, when he has been injured he has come back just as strong. If anyone can, AP can.

    Go AllDay!

  3. durno99 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:17 PM

    The Redskins put him out……Wish Spielman was on a one year contract!

  4. dbellina says: Mar 29, 2012 8:23 PM

    Actually Radrntn it was against the Redskins he got hurt.

  5. onlysane1intheroom says: Mar 29, 2012 8:25 PM

    Get Welker’s doc

  6. 86chawk says: Mar 29, 2012 8:27 PM

    Another idiodic comment….he was injured against the Redskins.

  7. sportmentary says: Mar 29, 2012 8:28 PM

    And I think Spielman is motivated to be the worst GM in the NFL.

  8. tombradyallday says: Mar 29, 2012 8:33 PM

    best back in the league period just ask william gay from the steelers well now cardinals

  9. percywhipped21 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:34 PM

    AP is easily the best rb the vikes have ever had. I just hope he can come back from this injury because he could easily turn into the best running back of all time.

  10. dansnyder says: Mar 29, 2012 8:35 PM

    By raiders I think you mean Redskins. Was a Dejon Gomes hit to the knee that took ap out. Worst part is the Redskins actually had AP contained all game and Ponder wasn’t doing anything. Then ponder got knock out and AP had the knee injury which led to Joe Webb and Toby Gerheart coming in and essentially winning a meaningless game. In retrospect I’d like to thank the Vikings for winning that game. Quite a possibility the Redskins wouldn’t have been able to make a move for RG3 without that loss.

  11. 69jaredallen69 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:44 PM

    Redskins you mean?

  12. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 29, 2012 8:47 PM

    I thought that was what joint surgery was for. To make you “even better than you were before.”.

  13. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 29, 2012 8:47 PM

    He will never be the same.

  14. bigred12 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:56 PM

    sure hope it’s not the beginning of the end. he’s a freakish talent and fun to watch every sunday. he could go down as one of the best ever if he can produce for a few more years.

  15. dicecoldsr says: Mar 29, 2012 8:57 PM

    IF IT CAN BE DONE, HE WILL DO IT.

  16. woodyg says: Mar 29, 2012 8:59 PM

    Only hoping for the best but …. If I only had a dime for everytime this statement has appeared in print.

    “He is just a freak athletically and you can see that in his rehab and how quickly he’s coming back ….”

  17. thepvyharvin says: Mar 29, 2012 9:00 PM

    AD is a special human. Not only us fans marvel at his jaw dropping, relentless running gift and physical power,,,,so do his NFL peers. That says it all,,,he will be back strong as ever.

  18. ivibaileyivi says: Mar 29, 2012 9:04 PM

    We love you AP get healthly and come back and shred the league!!

  19. vikesfansteve says: Mar 29, 2012 9:52 PM

    As long as there are no scumbags like Dejon Gomes or Al Harris intentially trying to end his career he should play great.

  20. jebdamone says: Mar 29, 2012 9:54 PM

    the only thing that matters is what spielman said. AD is a special human being. he is bigger, stronger, faster. if there is a person on the planet that will come back better after this it is AD.

  21. purplecrowe says: Mar 29, 2012 10:12 PM

    “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic (knee). (Adrian Peterson) will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. “

  22. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 29, 2012 10:17 PM

    i just hope he doesn’t play the saints again because this year they were deliberately hitting his injured ankle.

  23. barroomhero80 says: Mar 29, 2012 10:28 PM

    They don’t call him purple Jesus for nothing. Kiss off chumps

  24. vikefan says: Mar 29, 2012 10:33 PM

    spielman better hope so, AD is the only reason to buy a ticket right now

  25. vikingsfanintexas says: Mar 29, 2012 10:33 PM

    canadianvikingfaniii said:

    “Rookie year he tore his mcl in Greenbay, next game back, 200yrd game against a top notch Bears Defence. Before that 296 against the Chargers 5th rated run Defence. ”

    Sorry to disappoint you, but you’re wrong. He got hurt after the record game against the Chargers not before it. After it he was very limited for several games, although while wearing a knee brace he did put a nice move on a Lion’s player that is routinely shown on highlights.

    Will he be the same? No one knows for sure, but if he isn’t I doubt it will be due to a lack of effort.

  26. radrntn says: Mar 29, 2012 11:02 PM

    here this is for all the haters and know it all’s :
    _________________________________
    Adrian Peterson ruled out for Falcons game
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on November 26, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    APThere wasn’t a lot of mystery to Adrian Peterson’s status this week despite Peterson telling Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune during the week that he would play.

    The Vikings made it official on Saturday, downgrading Peterson to out when he didn’t make the team flight to Atlanta. Peterson suffered a high ankle sprain with some ligament damage against the Raiders last week.

  27. radrntn says: Mar 29, 2012 11:04 PM

    86chawk says:
    Mar 29, 2012 8:27 PM
    Another idiodic comment….he was injured against the Redskins.
    _________________________

    i concur on your comment……you sir are an idiot

  28. cameran0804 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:24 PM

    I wish he would be the focal point but unfortunately we have a JOKE of a coaching staff & they don’t know how to use him. He NEVER gets enough touches & now they can’t give him the touches

  29. tyn27 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:54 AM

    Alrighty let’s get things straight here. The raiders injured his ankle, he returned from that injury. The redskins torn his acl that ended his season.

  30. theytukrjobs says: Mar 30, 2012 6:59 AM

    Was that g williams d that rolled his knee. bounties ftw?

  31. gb4mn0 says: Mar 30, 2012 7:34 AM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Mar 29, 2012 9:00 PM
    AD is a special human. Not only us fans marvel at his jaw dropping, relentless running gift and physical power,,,,so do his NFL peers. That says it all,,,he will be back strong as ever.

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    pervforharvin, your silly, deifying, over-hyped exaltation of Peterson makes you look gay . He plays for the bottom feeding, cellar dwelling, Lombardi-less vikequeefs…………nuff said.

  32. jimnsota says: Mar 30, 2012 8:26 AM

    AP should have never been on the field against the Redskins. Not only did he tear his ACL. they won a meaningless game. In turn lost the second pick. I promise there was no doubt they would have taken whichever qb was available at 2 pick. Either way heads should have been rolled by ownership for idiotic decisions to let your $100 mill rb step on the field injured. All in all as the way things go for the Vikes stupid is as stupid does.

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