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.