Despite being suspended and unhappy for much of the offseason, running back Adrian Peterson has assumed a leadership role with the Vikings in recent weeks.
With the team off until the start of training camp, Peterson has brought teammates including wide receiver Mike Wallace and running back Jerick McKinnon with him to Houston for workouts with his longtime personal trainer. Peterson has always shown up to camp in top shape, and he says the intense offseason workouts are the reason.
“[It’s] a lot of strength work as well,” Peterson told ESPN. “I do so much different stuff, whether it’s track workouts, on the field, hill workouts, running three miles, exercise with the full-body workout. Whatever the trainer throws out there in front of us, it’s a challenge. I’m always trying to accomplish that challenge.”
Returning to form at the age of 30, after missing all but one game last year, will be a very big challenge. Peterson is working hard to show he’s up to it.