Adrian Peterson: I’m clean, but some players use HGH

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At a time when athletes who accomplish extraordinary things are instantly suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs, Adrian Peterson is coming off one of the most extraordinary seasons in NFL history, bouncing back from a major knee injury to rush for more than 2,000 yards and win the MVP. So Peterson knows there are some who suspect him of being dirty.

“I take it as a compliment when I hear people say things like that,” Peterson told reporters today. “It shows how blessed I am.”

Peterson wants to make clear, however, that he has never used human growth hormone and is glad the NFL and the players’ union are finally coming together to work out a plan for testing players for HGH.

“I like it. I love it,” Peterson said of HGH testing. “To be honest with you, I’ve been hoping that they did this a long time ago. . . . I’m all natural. I work hard. So for me personally, everybody will know I’m clean as a whistle.”

Peterson also believes, however, that some players are using HGH and will get busted when the league starts testing.

“It will bring some guys to the forefront and be like, hey, I guess this is how this guy has been performing so well,” Peterson said.

Peterson is surely right that some players are using HGH. And the players who are clean will benefit from weeding out the players who are cheating.

124 responses to “Adrian Peterson: I’m clean, but some players use HGH

  1. Hurry up and get this testing implemented fast. 2,500 yards will be a walk in the park once you take out the PED using Clay Mathews, etc. of the NFL.

  2. Yep….Been a beast a long time…I ask you, when did he start using?

    Ran for a Kagillion yards in highschool
    Ran for 2000 as a Freshie at OU
    1300 hist 1st,3rd,4th year
    1700 his 2nd
    Over 900 in 2011, Tore his ACL and MCL and Vowed to come back Better

    I don’t have to tell you the rest….only dude I think is 100% clean…ironic because he’s also the best player in the world.

  3. Adrian is right on, HGH testing really helps the players who are clean because it exposes the cheaters. Get the Brauns of the world out of sports for good.

  4. reesesteele23 said it best.
    If you grew up in TX and paid attention to high school football, you have been hearing about AP long before he showed up at OU.
    So unless he was getting it from his mama’s breastmilk, I believe he is clean and has been all along.

  5. If your so clean go do an independent test and put the whole thing on YouTube. All BS from Rockys wife.

  6. @elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 26, 2013 3:20 PM
    Ill bet a years salary that AP did take steroids.

    That might mean something if you had a job.

  7. RBs don’t get better with age, don’t get better after blowing up their knees and no one on the planet fully recovers from a reconstructed knee to set record breaking numbers in 9 months. If it wasn’t HGH it was something else.

    I know a lot of people look up to him and love him as a player but don’t kid yourself, there’s nothing natural going on here and to think otherwise is completely ignorant.

  8. He’s always been a beast, no strange growth spurts and he has a normal sized head. It’s not like he hides the size of his melon with a bunch of long hair.

  9. As he begins serving his mandatory NFL suspension, we clearly hear Mr. Peterson stating “that he has never used human growth hormone”.

  10. Everyone denies it. Hopefully at least some people are telling the truth, but it is getting harder and harder to believe in anyone. You know how to tell whois honest and who is lying?

    Yeah, neither do I.

  11. He should do a voluntary test just so he can hashtag the sh** out of fans when it comes back clean.

  12. AP is the real deal. Class act. Work’s his butt off. Gives you 110% every single play. Never whined once about his contract.

    And I’d bet my salary he’s clean! 😉

  13. Well see. If they test in training camp I expect AP to start slow and then average 200 yards a game by December. PED user all the way.

  14. Most of the packer trolls that are commenting couldn’t even spell HGH if you spotted them the first two letters…….asking them what the initials stand for wouldn’t even be fair

  15. Wrestling was ruined for me when I found out it was fake. Baseball was ruined for me when they stop taking steroids and stopped hitting all them HR’s. The NFL will be ruined for me if they take out HGH, PED’s or whatever else, it won’t be the same.

  16. “I don’t want to name names, but I do know someone who’s name rhymes with Mared Jallen is chock-full of the crap”

  17. I simply don’t believe any of them. There is too much money involved and I don’t care unless there is a policy which starts to pro-actively ban/suspend players caught. I don’t believe him especially, this is one of those hindsight things like in baseball. In hindsight when we look at the things Bonds did at 40 years old or just looked at Sosa/McGuire’s builds, it’s so obvious. Just like this, human beings don’t recover this well this fast to ACL injuries.

  18. It’s sad when people with little to be happy for sit on a computer or phone and bash others who have achieved greatness!! He is the greatest RB if our ERA, no matter the team he plays for!
    I have the utmost respect for this guy! To achieve things from hard work & dedication, only to have some sad individuals who would trade their whole team to have this guy! The best ever!!!
    Skol Vikings!!! Super Bowl homeboy

  19. Well said AD. It takes hard work and commitment to be the best. Personally, The first player i would like to see tested is Brian Cushing o’ wait he already got busted how about his very best buddy Clay Mathews. You can run but you can’t hide!!!!

  20. You have to balance out the good with the bad!!
    Would I trade Adrian Perterson & Randy Moss highlights for a Lombardi Trophy?? Not a chance!
    1 -60 minute game, as opposed to seasons of highlight reels? I will take the memories of those Reels in Lou of a Lombardi for now! The Lombardi will come! You can bet on that! Next season, when all the pieces are in place, and we have a franchise QB, you can bet your sweet A$$ you win it all
    Skol

  21. Does Godell need the owner’s permission to offer voluntary tests? Do the owners need league permission for voluntary tests? I wouldn’t think so….. So let’s set up voluntary tests at every team’s HQ, say on Wednesday and Saturday every week. Those who voluntarily take the tests and come up clean every week will be clean. Those who refuse to take the test will have to suffer the insinuations that come from their choice.

    It seems simple to me……

  22. I think he’s clean and is one of the all-time greats. Call me naive, but I don’t like to cast aspersions. That said, he shouldn’t either. Keep your head down and keep working, AP.

  23. @elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 26, 2013 3:20 PM
    Ill bet a years salary that AP did take steroids.
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    How much does your mom pay you to mow the grass for a year? 😉

  24. Look at all the jealousy towards a man who actually works hard and doesnt take shortcuts. Its a shame that hard work is often dismissed by doubters as HGH.

  25. Oh, he denies using HGH? Well, guess that settles it then. Why bother with testing, just ask these guys whether they’re using or not. Way cheaper.

  26. @blacknole

    Actually, men found guilty of steroid use have said over and over and over things like “go ahead and test me” or “I’ve passed every test I’ve ever taken”. See the biggest user in history, Lance Armstrong, who, again, I don’t believe you should be able to do anything to IN HINDSIGHT. Catch people NOW and address the NOW, otherwise it’s a can of worms you can’t close.

  27. drekomp says: Jul 26, 2013 3:24 PM

    It’s extremely hard to dislike this guy.
    =====================

    Yes, it’s extremely hard to dislike a guy who compares playing in the NFL to slavery.

  28. how come all the haters accuse AD of using HGH during his recovery, yet RGIII is on a similar recovery path (don’t yet know how effective he will be), and nobody is accusing him of doping?

    Modern medicine has come a long way, and when you have the desire and work ethic that Peterson (or RGIII) have, you can accomplish greatness. I realize that most people nowadays can’t grasp that concept since they think the way to get ahead is to sit on their lazy asses with their hand out, but maybe if more people had HALF that motivation & desire, things would be a lot better.

  29. I understand how people would suspect HGH, but his history paints a different picture. The guy was a football prodigy in pop warner, high school, college, and now the nfl. He broke the single game record his rookie year and has been running people over ever since. His body has not changed much at all since he came into the league, as opposed to Bonds monster cranium. Dr. Andrews said his knee looked like a newborns. Some people just get lucky with superior genes, and AD is one of those people.

  30. @elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 26, 2013 3:20 PM
    “Ill bet a years salary that AP did take steroids.”

    You mean a years worth of hourly wages @ $7.50 per.

  31. Have no reason not to believe him, he has earned the benefit of the doubt from me and I am a Packer fan. Look forward to watching him play this year when I head home for Thanksgiving.

  32. Test Adrian Peterson every day All Day and the MVP comes out clean All Day.

    Keep talking Viking haters.

    Adrian Peterson will win a Super Bowl as a Minnesota Viking.

    We got to 4 Super Bowls playing outdoors, where are we playing 2014-15? That’s right, outdoors. Championship on the horizon for this franchise.

  33. My Heart and Brain are in a bit of a struggle here, but if I had to lay money down I think my Brain is probably right. AP would do well to distance himself from this issue.

  34. I believe AP. The man is a genetic freak of nature and has no need for such things.

    Keeping on that thought raises on interesting question. Do players that have naturally higher values of growth hormone, testosterone, etc. have an unfair advantage over players that have naturally lower values?

  35. Clay Matthews had a college teammate who used. He obviously uses. Adrian Peterson had a catastrophic knee injury that takes any normal human at least a year to fully recover from. 9 months later, he has possibly the best season ever by an NFL running back. Clearly clean as a whistle. Viking are great for comedy value, you have to give them that. Good luck with those annual super bowl predictions.

  36. You can tell who juices, AP has always been a genetic freak this injury just made him work 10x harder. Guys like Clay Mathews who have one move “bull rush the tackle as hard as I can” are probably juicing.

  37. adrian roiderson, the “ryan braun” of football. i cant wait until this blatant liar is exposed as a liar. no doubt whatsoever, his dad was in prison for theft, so you think he doesnt have skills to lie and cheat and use PEDS and lie about it to peoples face? HAHA i bet all of you morons who defend him all believed obama was going to be great in 2008 also , brainwashed losers

  38. I for one absolutely believe him. AP’s got a spotless track record–much like my favorite player of all time, Darrell Green. They are BOTH freaks of nature. What’s freakier? What AP did after his injury or Green running a 4.24 forty (Chris Johnson’s top speed) as a 40-year-old starter in the NFL? And now you’re gonna tell me tiny Darrell Green was using PEDs all those years (1983 – 2002)? Nope, AP’s clean as a whistle indeed.

  39. Donth8thehorns – yeah, okay.
    But see the thing is, it’s better to have the Lombardi AND the season’s highlights. Glad to hear you’re looking forward to next year. That’s what a Heidi fan needs to learn to do in LIEU of being excited about this year. SKOL – So Keep On Looking.

  40. If hgh allows injuries to heal faster and better than traditional methods, the I say let them take it. I see no problem if a guy like Greg childs can heal his knees and get back on the field, or at the very least walk normally again.

    I believe Peterson, but his peers have not done him any favors and people are more than justified in being skeptical of his remarkable recovery.

  41. I think he should volunteer and take a test for HGH and PED. Why? I would love to see all haters look stupid, if they haven’t proved it already, when it comes back clean. I don’t think he uses.

    BTW, if they start doing HGH tests and “weed” out all the users, they will need a really big weed whacker to do it.

  42. I wonder how many QBs are using HGH to bulk up and strengthen up or just during the course of the season to get past some injuries. If it comes out that our high profile QBs are getting busted using HGH, then I will be shocked

  43. elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 26, 2013 3:20 PM
    Ill bet a years salary that AP did take steroids.

    102 179

    Burger King doesnt pay much

  44. what is the difference between a junk car and the vikings? a junk car has a title

  45. donth8thehorns says:
    Jul 26, 2013 3:43 PM
    You have to balance out the good with the bad!!
    Would I trade Adrian Perterson & Randy Moss highlights for a Lombardi Trophy?? Not a chance!
    1 -60 minute game, as opposed to seasons of highlight reels? I will take the memories of those Reels in Lou of a Lombardi for now! The Lombardi will come! You can bet on that! Next season, when all the pieces are in place, and we have a franchise QB, you can bet your sweet A$$ you win it all
    Skol
    ————————————-
    people who say money can’t buy happiness don’t have any, same thing goes for lombardis. Keep clutching that highlight reel as you cry yourself to sleep each night…

  46. I’m sure Braun thought he was just “Blessed” …smh.

    How is some linebacker supposedly on roids yet this “Slave” doofus isn’t.

  47. Fast forward a few months hell be trying to explain how he failed. Maybe something like his body just produces that much naturally.

  48. I was tell you I think Adrian Peterson is as high a level athlete as you’re going to find in this world. But his heal time without question helped with HGH/PRP and the NFL hasn’t tested for it. RGIII, Crabtree and even one of the favorites from my team Clemons is probably using the same treatment. When the NFL gets reliable test for it these “super human” recovery times will slow down drastically. This isn’t a knock on Vikings…I’m saying this is a NFL wide issue.

  49. fargovikesfan says:
    Jul 26, 2013 4:08 PM
    how come all the haters accuse AD of using HGH during his recovery, yet RGIII is on a similar recovery path (don’t yet know how effective he will be), and nobody is accusing him of doping?

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    Have you seen an RG3 post??? Many are questioning if he’s using HGH.

    My dad always told me, if it looks too good to be true… it probably is.

    People are always going to question outlier performances in this era. And 9 times out of 10, they are PED assisted.

  50. bottom line…..testing must occur within 6-12 hours of using HGH or it’s undetectable….that’s how these guys get away with lies like this….most are on it and/or roids in the NFL, MLB, track & field, cycling, NHL and of course body building, weightlifting and MMA

  51. I have a mission for those of you who say AP is/was on HGH: give me one shred of physical, tangible evidence. None of you can give any sort of evidence whatsoever. When you do, come back to me. It’s not on those of us who believe him to prove he didn’t take HGH. It’s on those of you who DON’T believe him to prove that he did do it. Until you give me evidence he took HGH, you have absolutely zero credibility. End of story.

  52. I suspect a very high number of professional athletes use performance enhancing drugs

  53. Sounds extremely good. I hope he isn’t giving everybody a line.

    But I’ve always wondered why the clean players don’t stand up for themselves more. Instead, they let the union fight for every cheater who’s used PEDs to take the job from some other clean player.

  54. which game is better to watch, the 1998 nfc title game or the 2009 nfc title game?

  55. As a Bears fan I can’t put into words how much I hate AP, as a football fan this dude is a BEAST and I don’t think a BEAST like him would need to take any PEDs. It is possible through hard work to accomplish the things he accomplished. I do like to call him Adrian Cheaterson just to make sikes fans mad tho.

  56. I don’t see why you couldn’t use HGH after a major injury? Why should they not use the best medicine to recover? If Bo Jackson could have used HGH as a medicine to recover then the world of sports would be better off. It is the continuous use that should be banned. There has been almost nothing in terms of an upgrade of equipment to protect the player knees in ANY sport and it is a very common and career threatening injury that is basically overlooked for protection. Until they invent the equipment then prescribe the medicine. Injuries only of course.

  57. Who cares all sports are more enjoyable when they cheat. Cheat away, smoke, inject, drink it etc. Why would any of us non pro athletes even care. Look at baseball, since they have testing in place. There’s been no hitters and perfect games like they are handing them out at McDonalds.
    If I had a list of the guys using in the NFL my fantasy team would be dominant.

  58. You have to balance out the good with the bad!!
    Would I trade Adrian Perterson & Randy Moss highlights for a Lombardi Trophy?? Not a chance!
    1 -60 minute game, as opposed to seasons of highlight reels? I will take the memories of those Reels in Lou of a Lombardi for now! The Lombardi will come! You can bet on that! Next season, when all the pieces are in place, and we have a franchise QB, you can bet your sweet A$$ you win it all
    Skol

    Only a fan of a team that doesn’t have a Super Bowl win would make some lame excuse up like this.

  59. AP is a beast of a man. I remember when he was in college every running back on the Oklahoma (Tashard Choice – was one) got AP disease and then tranfered to other schools. He came out of HS 6’1″ 205 and all muscle like Boobie Miles from Friday Night Lights.

    He is right, there are a ton of people using HGH. Athletes for years have been doing everything they could to get an edge. Calling the other team’s hotel at 4AM. Stuck-um (Raiders players of the 70’s). Corked bats in baseball. Every time they catch up to one trick another trick is discovered to beat the system.

    I’m glad AP isn’t using, but it doesn’t surprise me that other players are…especially the fringe players. Their livlihood depends on staying in the league.

  60. I understand in this day and age why people doubt him when he says he doesn’t use performance enhancing drugs. But as someone who has followed his career since high school, and judging by Dr. James Andrews comments after the surgery on how well preserved his knee was for all the punishment he has taken as a running back, I believe Adrian when he says he doesn’t use. He is truly a freak of nature.

    Some people just have superior genetics. Anyone remember Reggie White playing with a torn hamstring when everyone thought he was out for the year?

  61. He might be clean at the moment, but he wasn’t saying this last year. We’ll see. Also, I’m a Packer fan and I’m pretty sure Clay Matthews is a user and I don’t like it.

  62. this would be like if Bernard Madoff said in 2007 that ponzi schemes happen, and then him saying that he earned all of his money through investments

  63. Test? really? There isn’t a test anywhere that can’t be manipulated. APs a great back. Agreed. A vast majority of them use and really…who cares.

  64. And don’t call PEDs a shortcut. They’re not. They make it possible for an athlete to work harder.

    If identical athletes work equally hard, regardless of any drugs they may take, they’re going to have the same results. PEDs allow an athlete to exceed the training limits of the clean athlete. His max workload might be 110% of the clean athlete, but he still has to do the extra 10% work to see the additional results.

    I don’t believe anabolic steroids, amphetamines, or blood doping have any place in sports. However, I don’t see the downside in doctors giving growth hormone to injured athletes, especially if it works as well as the geniuses of the PFT comment section believe it does.

  65. GenXJay says:
    Jul 26, 2013 7:48 PM
    In the realm of it all, ShAaron knows HGH users too.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    Who?

  66. Yo AP, I bet you were just like me, you didn’t know what it was they were shooting you with and you didn’t bother to ask.

    Your Friend
    Barry Bonds

  67. Adrian Peterson has lied before. Let’s not forget how he committed perjury in the court of law after he assaulted a police officer & resisted arrest about a year ago in Texas.

  68. AP turned down endorsements and commercials to concentrate on his recovery. The man is focused on delivering, unlike the DBs in Green Bay, who do commercials for a classless insurance company that refused to pay the Katrina Hurricane victims.

  69. Coming from a Packer fan, Adrian Peterson is the real deal. If all of you negative commenters suspect everybody who is talented in pro sports of cheating then do us all a favor and quit watching. Actually, just quit trolling, that would be enough. Believe it or not, there are actually people who train hard and work to get better at their profession rather than sit on their couches with a twelve pack and a pizza. Get a life.

  70. Coming off a Knee injury; I would be full of drugs on doctors orders. Steriod injections, cortozone,…you name it. I wouldn’t expect it any other way but don’t brag just because you got passed it without getting caught.

  71. Players are tested all the time throughout preseason, regular season, and post season. So tell me again, how does one get away with HGH or PEDs?

  72. Yeah A Rod, Braun, and roger Clemens, and many others say the same thing…..guess we will be reading about him and some lab real soon….lol

  73. Better yet, mandatory HGH usage for all pro sports… It would be interesting to see what the full scope of human possibility is.. Or, create leagues outside of MLB, NFL that only allow users to participate.. Either way, it’s not cheating if everyone is doing it. It would be cool to see a football punted 110 yards or a 175 mph fastball. I dunno.. Just a thought

  74. bobnelsonfootballroutineishilarious says: Jul 30, 2013 1:49 AM

    Better yet, mandatory HGH usage for all pro sports… It would be interesting to see what the full scope of human possibility is.. Or, create leagues outside of MLB, NFL that only allow users to participate.. Either way, it’s not cheating if everyone is doing it. It would be cool to see a football punted 110 yards or a 175 mph fastball. I dunno.. Just a thought
    ———————————————-
    This really epitomizes how naïve sports fans are. We ARE seeing HGH fueled sports right now. There’s no real test for it, so of course guys are taking it. But this myth that only 2% of major sports use PED’s is why you people get so crushed and betrayed when Lance Armstrong or Ryan Braun get outed. Once you folks learn to accept PED’s presence in sports, the easier it will be for you to accept failed tests. it doesn’t mean that they are the only ones who use something, they are just the only ones who failed a test. For good or for bad, accept it. btw, there’s no Santa Claus either….

  75. A. Peterson is a above average back and i say that only cause hes getting the ball 25-35 times a game every game..and if you listen to him he really doesnt care about team winning or losing he more concered about his stats and thats not a good team player i bet if he was more team orieanted his viking would been in the superbowl already but he demanding to try get that record at any cost..im not saying he isnt good but he is a tad over ratted if you add intagables or lack of

  76. cantstanzi25 says: Jul 31, 2013 2:04 PM

    A. Peterson is a above average back and i say that only cause hes getting the ball 25-35 times a game every game..and if you listen to him he really doesnt care about team winning or losing he more concered about his stats and thats not a good team player i bet if he was more team orieanted his viking would been in the superbowl already but he demanding to try get that record at any cost..im not saying he isnt good but he is a tad over ratted if you add intagables or lack of

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    You couldn’t be more wrong. Adrian was perfectly okay with coming out of the game with the record on the line. You sound like the most uninformed “fan” ever

  77. “Coming from a Packer fan, Adrian Peterson is the real deal. If all of you negative commenters suspect everybody who is talented in pro sports of cheating then do us all a favor and quit watching.”

    Your position makes no sense unless you believe that every player is clean. If you believe that some percentage of NFL players are using PEDs and AD is running over, through, and around them like they aren’t even there … what does that tell you?

    In order to believe that AD is clean, you would not only have to believe that he’s super human, but so far superior an athlete that guys can’t even compete with him if they cheat.

    AD is as legit as Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and Usain Bolt.

    If guys around you are cheating and you aren’t just beating them, but blowing them away … you’re cheating too.

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