Adrian Peterson: Most say Peyton, I say I’m the NFL’s best player

AP

Ask Vikings running back Adrian Peterson where he ranks among the NFL’s best players, and his answer is simple.

“One,” Peterson told the Pioneer Press. “I feel I’m the best.”

Every year NFL Network polls players to determine the Top 100 players in the league, and every year the reigning Associated Press Most Valuable Player has come in at No. 1. That was Peterson last year, but it’s Peyton Manning this year, and Peterson doesn’t expect to repeat as the top player.

“Peyton will be 1, of course,” he said. “The MVP will be 1.”

Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy made some waves this offseason by proclaiming himself the best running back in the NFL, but Peterson laughed that off.

“He’s going to have to work extremely hard to surpass me,” Peterson said. “As a young guy, he’s making his name and he’s trying to stake his claim. But numbers don’t lie.”

And Peterson says the number that should go before his name in a ranking of the top players in the NFL is No. 1.

147 responses to “Adrian Peterson: Most say Peyton, I say I’m the NFL’s best player

  1. that’s great AP

    …keep on being the best player who will never win a SB wit that franchise….

  2. Hard to argue. By all accounts he’s a hard worker who puts extensive time into his training. The thing is QB is the most “important” position on the field so the experts will always pick a QB over a RB. But to Peterson credit he is the most explosive “running” back since Barry sanders and that would be hard for anyone to argue. Good luck to Peterson and Peyton this yr. Can’t wait for football. ..

  3. Ask 100 coaches who they’d build a team around to win a SB in the next 3 years, let me know when they say AP – go ahead, I’ll wait.

    I guarantee a running back wouldn’t even be mentioned and if limited to PM or AP – PM beats him 10 to 1.

    AP is a good back but he’s not the best player in the league. And good RB’s don’t have teams built around them, well they do but those teams don’t win like a team built around a good QB.

    He wasn’t even the best RB last year, 4 guys ahead of him in yards, guys who fumbled less, got more first downs etc.

  4. The most valuable player last year was Russell Wilson.

    Peyton was just the guy who was declared to officially have won an award called MVP. And I wouldn’t trade Russell Wilson for Peyton or Adrian, even though he might not be the best, because to me the best value is the best player. I don’t see as much value in the Peyton or Adrian contracts, especially in 2013 dollars for the 2013 performances. What was Adrian watching last year? Does he realize the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and blew out Denver?

  5. Uh-oh, Vikings fans … Peterson is starting to sound like our former running back Chris Johnson …

  6. McCoy: “I’m the best RB in the league”.
    Comments: “If you have to say your the best player, you probably aren’t the best player.”
    AP: “I’m the best player in the league”.
    Comments: crickets.

    Who cares if you’re the best RB in the league when your team can’t win 8 games. The Vikings will once again finish last in their division. No playoffs and have the best RB in the league watching from his couch.

  7. My take on this. Which player has come in and made his team better consistently. We all know Mannings history. Did Peterson make the Vikings better consistently or just achieve good numbers. Brett Farve made them better the first year he was there. CJ2K had big numbers also one year. Did he make the Titans better?
    All of these guys like to have their egos stoked a bit. I’ve never seen Manning, Brady, Bree’s, or Rodgers utter “I’m the Best”
    Maybe is just called “having Class”.

  8. Man, dude… You’re good… Every fan knows it, you don’t have to tell everyone every 15 minutes…starting to sound like the uncle everyone has and just tunes out

  9. Does anybody now a days have the least bit of modesty? Every other day someones the best this or the best that just because they were fortunate enough to be born strong and fast. The best anything should be reserved for the people that do the best for mankind. Not some dude that can run a 4.3 4o yd dash. Enough of this already!

  10. Peterson and Manning are actually very similar in that they both choke in big games. It’s just that Peterson doesn’t play in very many big games due to the fact that his team is usually terrible.

  11. Do you guys honestly think that someone of Adrian Peterson’s caliber wakes up everyday saying I’m the second best?

    He’s driven to be the best and though most would say he is not, that doesn’t deter him from thinking he’s the most elite in the NFL.

    Peterson has been loyal to the Minnesota Vikings and stood by as they botched pick after pick and free agent signings. We jump down the throat of athletes that leave for greener pastures “Lebron James,” but then turn around and say Peterson doesn’t care about winning which is why he’s stayed in Minnesota for so long.

    Peyton Manning is the best in the league, no question. But, to expect Peterson to admit that Peyton is better is just complex in itself.

  12. Neither is the best. Peterson has seen his best days and Manning is not even the best QB in football.

  13. LOL Stop liking a guy because he thinks he’s the best at what he does? Wahh All Day thinks he’s too good wahh..Nothing he said was false. MVP that season is always # 1. Lesean has some work to do before being mentioned with All Day. And lastly, numbers don’t lie. Go cry some more ya big baby.

  14. If a reporter shoves a microphone in his face and asks him a question, what is he supposed to say?

  15. Four running backs has more total and average yards in 2013. Even Demarco Murray averaged more yards. Thumbs down don’t change those facts.

  16. we are still talking about the same guy who rushed for 2000 yards coming off of a torn ACL in wayyy less time than probably anyone.. Ever… right?

    For the haters who say he’ll never win a super bowl, well it is a team sport last i remember. And he does play with the Minnesota Vikings, last I remember. Simple math.

  17. If you are talking about the best football player, I think the standard should be if you cloned him a couple dozen times, would a team of Peyton Mannings beat a team of Adrian Petersons. Sure, they Peytons could pass better, but the Petersons would be better at running, blocking, tackling, and catching. And maybe kicking too. There’s more to football than just passing or running. The best total football player is probably a tight end or a linebacker. Or maybe JJ Watt.

  18. A few years ago, Adrian Peterson was an extremely humble player. What happened to that person? He is now the most arrogant, self-centered player in the league — and that’s saying a lot. We never hear him talking about helping the Vikings win, just how great he is. All he cares about are his personal accolades.

  19. He might be right — certainly if the Broncos had started AP at QB in the SB (tee hee) they would have scored more than 8 points.

  20. It’s Aaron Rodgers, based on how much better his team is with him than without him.

  21. teal379

    “I guarantee a running back wouldn’t even be mentioned and if limited to PM or AP – PM beats him 10 to 1.”
    ———————————————–

    Then Terry Bradshaw, a multiple SB-winning Quarterback, must be that one. How ironic you say all that, considering Peyton is BETTER known for LOSING playoff games and superbowls.

  22. Peterson contributing much of anything this year is almost as likely as Matt Cassell being League MVP.
    Notice I said almost.

  23. not even the 2nd best player in the NFC North. he sat in bigplaycj’s shadow on draft day, and hasn’t ever peeked out. Aaron Rodgers > AP too.

  24. “All day” refers to his boasting, not his talent, which is fading. “No Super Bowl for you”!

  25. As a Viking fan, I’d really like to see Peterson concentrate more on ‘team’ and less on telling us how good he is.

    No question Peterson is one of the best players in the NFL. We know that. Now, he needs to help his team figure out how to win a championship.

  26. One thing is for sure. Peyton would never proclaim himself to be the best. I always thought AP was pure class, I think that less and less every time he opens his mouth and says something like this.

  27. Adrian, how can the best player n the league not know who to block on passing downs? Shouldn’t he be smart enough to read a defense and be able to pick up a blitz rather than being relegated to the sidelines because he’s a QB killer?

    You’re a hell of a runner but the best needs to be able to do all the things a position requires. He’s the best runner of the ball but I’d take several other RBs for my team before I’d take AP. I want a RB who can block, catch, run and hang onto the ball.

    As for Manning being the best player? Give me a break. He’s a noodle-armed QB who wears out as the season goes on. He might be the best player in the league in September but not in January.

  28. In 1985 a friend of mine built a time machine. Long story short – after a few blunders of traveling in the past, we thought it would be best to travel to the future instead; the year 2015. I’ve been there, and I can tell you, Adrian, that the best player in the NFL is CJ Spiller.

  29. Say what you will about Peyton, he brought two different teams to Superbowl games.

    AP hasn’t even been to one Superbowl game, but he’ll get his chance when Minneapolis hosts the game. FINALLY!

  30. to all of the AP haters that say he hasnt done anything in this league. how many of you have rushed for over 10k yards in the nfl? none of you. how many of you could bring him down in the open field? none of you, 3 more years of 1333 yards a year….very doable. he jumps from 27th all time to number 4 behind barry sanders. if he can get 2 years beyond that, he is a physical freak. he should end up #2 behind emmitt smith. not bad for a rb that hasnt done anything in the nfl huh?

  31. You’re just looking for a reason not to like the best RB in the game. And if your reason for not liking Adrian is because “he thinks he’s the best” then you’re petty..

  32. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

    John Wooden.

  33. Peterson has always been pulled on passing downs because he can’t/won’t block and he can’t catch the ball.

    I would think one would have to be an every down back first before self proclaimed greatness.

    The vikings created this monster. Without a QB, when the vikings were behind during garbage time in a game, they would keep handing off to Peterson. Defenses weren’t concerned because the vikings were killing the clock by running.

    Getting the majority of his rushing yards in the 2nd half is bad for a losing team.

  34. As a Viking fan, I don’t care if he says he’s Santa Claus. He carried this team on his back for years when the supporting cast was second string talent, when the coaching was second rate and when the defense couldn’t get a stop on 3rd and 50. Say whatever you want, think whatever you want, just keep running, breaking tackles and giving 120% until we have enough talent around you to really let you shine. Viking nation is behind you.

  35. Lynch and Charles better? Hahaha. Lawd Jeebus stop it stop it…Dude won MVP and ran for 2K a year ago. Not to mention he sing-handedly took a crappy team to the playoffs the same year. Lynch cant do that alone. Charles cant do that alone.

  36. He’s not even close. He isn’t the best running back. IN HIS DIVISION.

    With obvious regression setting in, I’d say he’s in the top 100 players, but towards the bottom.

    He just wants attention, which his kids would give him, if he was ever around.

  37. I liked him a lot more when he was quiet and humble… It’s like he is trying to transform from an Emmitt Smith type to a Richard Sherman type, and that aint gonna win him any new fans.

  38. AP is a great runner, but he sucks at blocking and recieving. Manning chokes in the big spot to much. I would take Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, and a old Brady over both AP and Chokey Manning

  39. The fatherhood remarks are off limits? What did I say that was not true? Maybe if he spent more time with them he might be respected more. Yet lets defend him it might hurt his feelings if he were happen to read it. No wonder ideals in America are going to hell

  40. Peterson may have been the best 15, 20 years ago, but in today’s NFL, a running back simply can’t be the best player because they have no where close to the impact that a QB has. When he has his 2000 yard season and was far and away the best RB in the league, he dragged his team into the playoffs but exited the first round.

  41. Poll all 64 HCs and GMs:
    Would you rather have AP and a crappy QB or PM and a crappy RB.

    Result would be 64-0.

  42. Like former WR Jerry Rice, who EGO is so huge, that even today I can honestly say, I could not like this guy in any way!
    I liked Peterson, he has shown to be a great one, but to say that about ones self, ala Rice is EGO gone wild.
    They both belong together in EGO-Land.
    THE CT GIANT

  43. Best classic running back? Definitely. Best running back overall? Maybe. Best overall player in the league? Nah, not even close.

  44. Seriously people? Wouldn’t you want your team’s best player to think he is the best and then go try to prove it on the field?

    Listen to the interview… the whole thing. Not just snippets that are taken out of context.

    He thinks he should be ranked number 1, and that’s the attitude, as a fan, I want him to have. The difference between him and Chris Johnson is that AP will work his ass off to prove it and hold himself accountable, not just rest on the laurels of one good season.

    Sure, you’d take Peyton 10 times out of 10 to build a team right now because he is still the best QB in the league… but as for an overall athlete who you can depend on game after game, AP is my guy. Take QB out of the equation, because everyone will inevitably rank QB’s higher in the “best player” polls. Best player in the NFL non QB? In my mind it’s AP… Calvin Johnson is probably a close second… but LeSean McCoy isn’t even close. You are talking a sure fire Hall of Fame RB in AP v. a Good Running Back in LeSean, who won’t make the Hall… ever.

  45. I hate when players start talking like this just shut up and play the game. Play as a team player and win!

  46. Best player is AP or Megatron.

    32 out of 32 teams would take Megatron to be their WR1.

    I’d say 30 out of 32 would take AP as their back.

    8-10 teams would rather have their own QB than Manning. Reasons ranging from his weak arm strength to his inability to win in the playoffs to his inability to scramble. He’s one of the best QBs of all time, but he’s not the best player in the league. Clearly the best future coach though.

  47. Manning has never said he’s the best, because he isn’t. He isn’t even the best qb. But he is the best at choking in the big game. 43 – 8

  48. Jamaal Charles should at least be in the conversation for Best RB.. and you don’t hear him say a word.. Quietly puts up crazy numbers and carries his team. True team player.

  49. “He wasn’t even the best RB last year, 4 guys ahead of him in yards, guys who fumbled less, got more first downs etc.”

    Fumbled less? Hmmmm…lets see….Peterson has played 7 seasons…..lets compare these better guys against him in their first 7 seasons:

    player——–yds——-yds/carry——fumbles
    AP 10,115 5.0 31
    ESmith 8,674 4.3 36
    Sanders 10,172 4.9 31
    Payton 8,386 4.3 56
    Dickerson 11,226 4.6 71
    Tomlinson 10,650 4.5 24

    Here are some other candidates and their fumbles their first seven years:

    Simpson 46
    Brown 45
    Faulk 25
    Dorsett 57
    Bettis 30
    Martin 23

    It seems to me Peterson is on the low end of the all time greats in terms of fumbles.

  50. To me, this is the real problem… the media asking these guys who they think is number 1. McCoy, AP, Sherman, Cromartie… you ask them, they’ll answer. It’s not like they go running around looking for someone so that they can say they’re the best.

  51. Gee, he couldn’t have had less yards due to a freak injury, could he?

    He was second in rushing yds per game to McCoy ahead of all others.

    AP did have 5 fumbles last year, Charles had 4, McCoy had 1, Forte had 2, and Morris had 5, same as AP.
    _______________________________

    “He wasn’t even the best RB last year, 4 guys ahead of him in yards, guys who fumbled less, got more first downs etc.”

  52. It’s always the same old thing from fans.

    A guy answers a question with a cookie cutter response and he’s boring.

    A guy answers a question as he believes, he’s got a big mouth.

    Then those same fans that say he’s “classless” go on to tell us that it’s “fact” that somebody on their team is the best in the NFL.

    Peterson has always said he thinks he’s the best. Every time he’s been asked, why is it such a shock now?

    I’m sure Manning thinks he’s the best, even though he won’t say it.

  53. I sincerely hope none of the people talking about Peyton being a “choker” are Vikings fans.

    In his time in the league, Peterson has exactly ONE playoff win, and that only happened because of Brett Favre’s revenge tour. Even Jay Cutler has one playoff win.

    In his one chance to reach the Super Bowl, Peterson fumbled about eleventy billion times in the NFC Championship.

    Who is the choker again?

  54. Did you really expect AP to answer the question “where would you rank yourself amongst current players?” with “well, I’m probably the 2nd or 3rd best player in the league.” I’m sure and top 25 player will tell you they’re the best player in the league.

  55. LeSean McCoy is a better back than Peterson. How can Peterson be the best back in the league or even the best player in the league when he has to come out of the game on 3rd and longs because he cannot catch or block?

    All I ask is that people (and the media) use their heads with this debate. Which player does more for his team… McCoy or Peterson? McCoy is the better fact and that is a FACT!!!

  56. He can catch and he can block, the reason he came out early in his career is because the Vikings had Chester Taylor for that role. He came the last three years because Musgrave is a complete failure as a Offensive Coordinator.

  57. He is a great player
    and a great big jerk!

    No class – especially after showing very little emotion for his fatally ill child. Maybe he should shut his mouth after that incident.

  58. He’s not even the best RB anymore, let alone the best player in the NFL. He is several years past his prime. Look for him to fade out in about 2 years. RBs that run that hard don’t make it much past 30, statistically.

  59. Manning good team around him and sucks in playoffs and SB. AP has nothing around him to take the pressure off with 8, 9 man lines, McCoys funs stops this year because everyone has seen the Oregon O now.

  60. God, don’t get so worked up. If any elite player was asked who is the best they are going to say ME.

    Ask Flacco, Sherman or anyone idolized as one of the best and you’ll get the same answer.

  61. Stop it your a running back which means it’s impossible to even be the best player on your team

  62. If the running back was the most important position on the team then yes Adrian Peterson would be the no. 1 player in the NFL but the quarterback is the most important position so that is why Peyton is the no. 1 player. You can’t win a Super Bowl with Adrian Peterson and a terrible QB.

  63. mccoys run began before the oregon o arrived and he will be producing absent injury no matter what system is being run.

    and in a.d.’s defense, his daddy tagged him with that name cause he could last all day…. no egomaniac naming himself….

  64. Did you really expect AP to answer the question “where would you rank yourself amongst current players?” with “well, I’m probably the 2nd or 3rd best player in the league.” I’m sure and top 25 player will tell you they’re the best player in the league.

    –That would be a total loser’s mentality…so, yeah. I do believe that’s what most of the negative posters here would probably expect and do themselves. I personally wouldn’t want anybody on my team if they didn’t think they were or could be the best at what they do.

  65. garrettmagnuson91 says:
    If the running back was the most important position on the team then yes Adrian Peterson would be the no. 1 player in the NFL but the quarterback is the most important position so that is why Peyton is the no. 1 player. You can’t win a Super Bowl with Adrian Peterson and a terrible QB.

    —————————————-
    The Vikings would be thrilled to even get out of last place with Peterson and a terrible QB. I suspect that isn’t going to happen in 2014 making it 4 times in the last 5 years that the Vikings will finish last.

  66. All these doubting comments directed at All Day is fine. He’s busted you’re sh!tty opinions before.
    The nfl changed rules on lowering the rb’s head; & yet, he’s beaten those odds as well.
    Point is, he’s the best.

  67. Active players should NOT talk abut this stuff.

    It’s for fans and sports writers.

    I mean, whether AP is the 1st or 2nd best player in the NFL does not get him any extra yards on ANY of his runs this season.

    If Peyton is number 1 or 2 it does not get him anymore touchdown passes, completions, wins etc…

    Or another player for those not thinking these guys are 1 & 2 in some order.

    If they are #1, #4, #7 or #10, that, their rank does NOTHING for their performance.

    Now, when a guy has been retired a bit, maybe he can talk about it, where HE ranks.

    The only ranking active players should discuss is OTHER players… NOT themselves.

    AP, you’re fantastic, an all time great sir. But I don’t want to hear YOU talk about where YOU rank in the game today or all time.

    Wait until you retire and let others talk about where you rank right now in the game…

  68. This is coming from a Vikings fan….why cant these guys just shut up, play ball & let the numbers do the talking.
    Yeah AP in my eyes you are awesome! But I also think Peyton Manning is awesome, as is Arron Rogers, Drew Breez, Calvin Johnson, Tom Brady just to name a few.
    I have a lot more respect for the humble guy who goes out & plays his heart out, than I do those who are bagadoscious.

  69. Peterson is a top 3 player at his position but running to daylight is a little different from calling a play and the protection packages and the audibles that go with it and putting the team in the best position to win on every play! What I mean is that playing running back isn’t exactly a cerebral position!

  70. It’s hard to decide a best player in the entire NFL when they do completely different things. I take Peterson in his prime, undoubtedly, over McCoy in his prime. I also take Tom Brady over Peyton Manning in their primes. If Manning could operate in the cold like he does in the warm, he beats Brady. But he doesn’t cuz Manning can’t throw in the cold.

  71. SORRY, But BARRY SANDERS was the greatest to play the game. The only reason Barry quit playing was because Barry’s dad was a big Jim Brown fan and his dad told Barry that he would never beat Jim browns records, so when he got close to beating Jim Browns records he retired, so his dads idol Jim Brown would still be the best in his dads eyes. Now believe it or not, that’s the truth. BARRY SANDERS IS THE BEST TO PLAY THE GAME. ENOUGH SAID.

  72. “The most valuable player last year was Russell Wilson. Peyton was just the guy who was declared to officially have won an award called MVP. And I wouldn’t trade Russell Wilson for Peyton or Adrian, even though he might not be the best, because to me the best value is the best player. I don’t see as much value in the Peyton or Adrian contracts, especially in 2013 dollars for the 2013 performances.”

    By that logic, then, there should be no debate. Tim Duncan, comparing salaries to league averages, is the second best player in the history of the NBA. Better than the “greedy” LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, and Larry Bird. Better than Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaq. Better than Kobe, too.

    Naw. That logic is stupid.

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