Adrian Peterson would give up all the yards for a Super Bowl

AP

Well, this should take care of any of the concerns about Adrian Peterson wanting to go to Dallas.

The Vikings running back and subject of tampering questions has said his priority isn’t individual accomplishments (i.e. glitz and glamour), but a Super Bowl ring.

I’d give up everything,” Peterson told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “MVP, 2,000 yards in a season, Rookie of the Year. Every accomplishment I’ve ever had, I’d trade for a Super Bowl. Hands down. And that Super Bowl season, even if I couldn’t get 1,000 yards, if I could win a Super Bowl, I would trade it.”

Other than losing to the Saints in the NFC Championship Game, he hasn’t come close to that in Minnesota, even as the big numbers piled up.

And he admitted in an interview — which apparently happened before the tampering usse came up — that it was wearing on him, since his teams were 54-57-1 in the regular season.

“It’s been frustrating,” Peterson said. “Especially when you put in a lot of work and think about two-a-days. You think about [training] camp and all the time you invest into that ultimate goal, and then when you don’t even touch the playoffs or you’re out in the first week, it’s tough.

“That’s hard on anyone. So it’s been tough, but that’s why we made the switches. That’s why we brought in guys to help change that.”

He’s since said he wanted to retire a Viking, though that might not get him any closer to his goal than retiring a Cowboy would.

53 responses to “Adrian Peterson would give up all the yards for a Super Bowl

  1. Well, it’s going to be tough to win the Super Bowl this year if Adrian doesn’t rush for any yards. They’re building for a run at it in two or three years, though. If Adrian’s still on the team, he might not be a big part of it, but he would have as good a chance to get a ring here as anywhere. There, I said it.

  2. And it would only be a dream for the Boycows to get close to Super Bowl. Vikes are coming but AP has to hang around or else he won’t win it with the Vikings either.

  3. Only if he and Harvin didn’t fumble 3-4 times at the Bounty Cheater Saints than Vikings would have won a Super Bowl. But things happen for a reason.

  4. He won only one playoff game and that was with Brett Favre.

    Face it dummy, you sold out to the vikings for a ridiculous contract. You chose money instead of success and winning.

  5. maybe he should re-think trying to finish his career in Dallas then….
    give Elway a call A.D. that’s all the Broncoa need to finish Mannings career with Back to back titles,
    a
    badazz RB

  6. It’s really too bad that the vike’s didn’t show AD the same consideration that other Minnesota sports team have shown their stars, by trading them or otherwise letting them go to a team where they would have a shot at a championship. Like with Percy Harvin, Matt Birk, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love, etc., etc., etc.

  7. This issue raises an interesting question. If faced with the following choice, would you rather have the career of Dan Fouts -or- the career of David Tyree?

    Fouts put up beastly numbers year in and year out – and led one of the most legendary offenses in NFL history, but never got a sniff of even one single Super Bowl.

    Tyree is wearing Super Bowl-issued hardware.

    Peterson appears to be implying that he’d give up the Fout-esque production just to get onto the dance floor.

    My take is this: it’s easy to say I’d give it all up, including the 296 yards in a game and the 2,000+ yard season — when you really KNOW that you’re not ever giving any of that up. I’m sure he’s frustrated about being on a mediocre team — but comments of this fall a bit hollow.

    Lastly, why would Peterson pick up the phone to call Jerry Johnson if his MAIN goal is to get to a Super Bowl? It might be his childhood favorite team, and it’s the closest locale to his hometown— but none of that has anything to do with getting to a Super Bowl. Jerry Jones, who intentionally surrounds himself with sycophants, is an absolute disaster at running a team.

  8. “If he wants a Super Bowl ring, why is he talking to Dallas?”

    Jerry will be hocking his to pay for the stadium…

  9. “If he wants a Super Bowl ring, why is he talking to Dallas?”

    He should have called Ted Thompson instead of Jerry Jones!

  10. maybe if he didn’t fumble like 5 times in the saints game a few years back he would have been in one!!!

  11. I like how he whines about all the work he has put in. He gets payed handsomely for that short period of the year where he plays football. Poor Adrian. Making it about himself again.

  12. No idea why so many people (Packers fans) question this guys sincerity or integrity to the game. He works at least as hard as any other RB, and has been the best at his position for years.

    I’m a Vikings fan and can easily state that Rodgers is the best at his position, and I certainly don’t questions Rodgers desire to win games.

    But keep posting how you have the greatest fans in the NFL Green Bay……

  13. Ok. As a Packer fan who doesn’t like the Vikes, but has huge respect for Peterson, I have an objective question:

    Why don’t the Vikings trade Peterson while he still has some marketable value??? They could use the acquired draft picks to continue drafting an developing a good team to go with their move into the new stadium in a couple years…just sayin’

  14. No doubt a great player. I’m actually surprised he hasn’t tried to get out sooner. The year with Favre was his only real shot at a title so far. Most athletes that have the desire/will to get to the top need to win which hasn’t happened much in MN.

  15. A Texas boy wants to go home to Texas – that’s understandable … and sometimes those stories can come true. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that given his cap number for the 2015 season, the Vikings consider trading him to Dallas for picks – while he still has a little tread on the tire.

    Not all great players are destined to win championships – Dan Marino comes to mind right away.

    The Vikings probably have their best coaching staff since the Denny Green era, if not the Bud Grant era. But by the time that team is competitive enough to make a realistic push for the Super Bowl, Peterson will unfortunately be well past his prime.

    Given that, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Peterson with a star on his helmet before all the dust settles.

  16. Oh and btw…don’t fumble on the freaking goal line during a NFC Championship game. We don’t lose that TD, we probably don’t lose that game…man up.

  17. That’s tough? Give me a break. “Tough” is facing potential death daily as a cop or one of America’s true heroes…the men and women in our armed forces…serving overseas. I’d doubt anyone will say the people who play professional sports are facing “tough” situations. Reality check. AP!

  18. I don’t get it. I hate when people talk about the Hall of Fame and you almost need to win a Super Bowl or two to get in. You get into the Hall of Fame for your talent as a player which greatly helps a team. So Peterson is basically saying he rather have a Super Bowl ring than all of the many feats he has accomplished that will put him in the Hall of Fame!

    I’m a big AP fan, but that’s just not very smart thinking. I guess the grass is always greener…

  19. No idea why so many people (Packers fans) question this guys sincerity or integrity to the game. He works at least as hard as any other RB, and has been the best at his position for years.

    I’m a Vikings fan and can easily state that Rodgers is the best at his position, and I certainly don’t questions Rodgers desire to win games.
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    It’s because Rodgers isn’t picking up the phone and calling the owner/GM of another team and telling him he wants to play for them.

    Maybe too, it’s because Rodgers is a quality guy and not out banging slump busters and leaving kids strewn all over the country?

    Or maybe it’s because Rodgers talks about team and Peterson talks about himself?

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