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Adrian Peterson plans to play hard at Pro Bowl

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The meaningful portion of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s season came to an end in Saturday night’s loss to the Packers, but Peterson’s still got one more game to play.

Peterson will be heading to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii and he said Monday that he plans to treat the game just like any other. Peterson said that he’s going to go full speed whenever he’s on the field.

“I’m going to play hard,” Peterson said, via Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press. “It is hard for me to play down because when you play down you put yourself in jeopardy of getting hurt going through the motions. So I won’t be playing down.”

Whatever he does to limit the chance of getting hurt likely suits the Vikings just fine. Peterson did just fine in his return from a serious knee injury this year, but the Vikings can’t have much interest in seeing him as a comeback player of the year candidate in consecutive seasons.

Given the level of effort we’ve seen in the Pro Bowl in recent years, Peterson’s going to be a pretty strong favorite for the game’s MVP award if he follows through on his promise.

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16 Responses to “Adrian Peterson plans to play hard at Pro Bowl”
  1. Ponder This says: Jan 7, 2013 5:08 PM

    He’ll probably break his own Pro Bowl rushing record. Not that anyone will notice.

  2. nygiantstones says: Jan 7, 2013 5:32 PM

    Secondary players will be diving out of his way in order to avoid getting hit. Lineman only play patty cake in the Pro Bowl, so the only chance of stopping him will come down to a couple ambitious or prideful AFC Linebackers.

  3. whatjusthapped says: Jan 7, 2013 5:49 PM

    If he does, he will be the only playing at full speed. He should be used to that by now, playing for the Vikings.

  4. stellarperformance says: Jan 7, 2013 5:53 PM

    Does this guy sleep with a 5-Hour-Energy IV?

  5. omegalh says: Jan 7, 2013 5:59 PM

    They all say that until they get there and sit on the beach…except Sean Taylor.

  6. buckybadger says: Jan 7, 2013 6:01 PM

    If I was a Vikings fan I wouldn’t want him playing in the game at all. Make something up like everyone else. I like AD but saying this before the game might make someone want to come harder just for you. Its a meaningless game, why say anything to stir it up?

  7. purplegreenandgold says: Jan 7, 2013 6:06 PM

    I would caution against this… great attitude however knowing others take this game not ALL OUT… some halfhearted attempt at a play may deem costly. not a vikings fan but I am a ALL DAY fan

  8. bullethead527 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:08 PM

    I wish those Saints Offensive Line played 100% last year, maybe Cam would not have been running for his life.

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 7, 2013 6:29 PM

    He will rush for 1000 yards in the game then because no one on defense will get in his way at the Pro bowl.

  10. terrytate89 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:41 PM

    Too bad Cam Newton won’t be there.. he could see how classy players work hard for the fans who pay big bucks to go this event

  11. th56 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:41 PM

    I respect his attitude, but it’s a meaningless game one year after major knee surgery. He needs to skip the game altogether, let those young bucks, Morris and Martin play. He earned a rest.

  12. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 7, 2013 6:48 PM

    Why not? It’s probably the most meaningful game he will play for the next 5 years.

  13. purpleguy says: Jan 7, 2013 6:55 PM

    He probably still won’t equal the average per game rushing yards he gained in the three Packer games.

  14. purplekobra69 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:44 PM

    Well I guess he’s gonna be the only one

  15. donkeykong2011 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:59 PM

    before he gets too fired up, he might want to talk to former Pats RB Robert Edwards about pro bowl injuries.

  16. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:47 PM

    Too bad the Vikings didn’t play hard in their only playoff game in the last 3 years. Who knows how long it will be till the next one.

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