Adrian Peterson gets tired of “boring” offseason work

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Even though he turned 31 this offseason, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has said he thinks he has plenty of good seasons left in him. Unfortunately, Peterson isn’t sure how many good offseasons he has left in him.

Peterson told ESPN that he doesn’t mind putting in the hard work, but he gets sick of the offseason grind and isn’t sure how many more of them he wants to go through.

“That’s it,” Peterson said. “Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that — that will definitely be the deciding factor. Physically, body-wise, I’ll be good. It’s just mentally — like with OTAs, I’m out there practicing, I’m going, I’m putting in work. But it’s so repetitive that it’s more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring.”

Peterson noted that his best season in the NFL was in 2012, when he didn’t have to go through the offseason grind because his entire offseason was devoted to rehabbing the torn ACL he suffered at the end of the 2011 season.

“Think about this: The 2012 season [after recovering from ACL surgery], I didn’t do any training camp,” Peterson said. “But I was over there on the side, working out. You get that extra month of working out? Come on, man. I would much rather not participate in training camp and work out, just to have more of an edge. Training camp, you’re going out there, you’re playing football, you’re going to lift, and after that, you don’t want to do anything. You’re tired, from meetings and all that.”

Peterson told PFT Live last month that he doesn’t like training camp, and he sounds like a man who would like to be excused from a lot of the summer work that players usually do. He makes a good case — a case Mike Zimmer should consider.

67 responses to “Adrian Peterson gets tired of “boring” offseason work

  1. Bad choice of words Adrian.How would you like to be on a boring assembly line in a factory for all your life trying to put food on the table, for minimum wage? Enjoy it Adrian, it beats 7 to 3:30.

  2. Peterson has been around long enough, and has been successful enough, to know what works for him and for his body. He’s earned the right to be able to call his own shots when it comes to offseason, training camp, and preseason work. If he didn’t perform or live up to expectations, that would be different. However, he’s a premier back who knows what he’s doing when it comes to running the football. Let him do what he feels is best for himself. If it doesn’t work, then Zimmer can rein him in and do something else. Until then, let Peterson do his thing. My guess is that he’ll once again lead the league in rushing and the Vikes will be in the playoffs. We’ll see what happens.

  3. Think about this too in 2012 you had permissive head coach Leslie Fraizer AD. Do you want to go back to that? I do not, quit whining about camp.

  4. This, along with a players body breaking down, is WHY vets stop playing. Add in that AP has had over 300 carries in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and it only makes sense that he’ll break down very soon.

    For him, breaking down will probably mean going from all world to just very good. But for the Vikings that’s BAD news, because outside of AP, not a single weapon on the Vikings offense is even slightly scary.

    And the QB? Laughable.


  5. When did he ever have a good off-season? – most of them have been spent either fathering illegitimate children by various mothers, beating one or more of his kids and (apparently) misusing charitable funds. Maybe if he spent his off-seasons copulating less and paying more attention to his kids’ lives than he spends belly-aching to the media then maybe one of those kids might not have been killed. Stop whining AP and be a man – for once in your oxygen-thief of a life.

  6. Now it makes sense why every year he says he’s going to work on ball control and pass blocking. You don’t get any better if you don’t practice it, or if you just go through the motions.

  7. Real clubhouse leader right there. You set that example AP! “All Day”….

  8. Yo, Adrian!
    Cool. You stay home. We’ll give your reps to the younger guys. I’m pretty sure we can find one who can, a: not abuse children, b: make ludicrous quotes to the media, c: catch a simple swing pass, d: secure the ball.
    That is all.

  9. yeah life sucks doesnt it? I mean I get bored with the daily grind myself.Only problem I got is I dont have the talent and I dont make the money he does.Ten years from now I bet he will miss it.Its the grind that makes the steak taste better

  10. Well Adrian, maybe you could work on things like catching passes and pass blocking, you know, things that would help you be more than a two down back.

  11. When you get bored just go get drunk and stoned, stuff leaves in a child’s mouth, grab a switch, pull their pants down and beat them bloody. Hey, it’s just discipline.

  12. I guess he forgets the offseason is his job. You could always get a real job like the rest of america. Then you’ll see the offseason really isnt that bad when your making millions.

  13. I’ll never understand why people who mention him being a child beater gets so many thumbs down.

    Child beaters are the worst of the worst in my humble opinion.

  14. I thought the off season, OTA’s and training camp were suppose to be the time when you work on your weaknesses.

    The Child Beater seems to fumble a lot in playoff games, maybe he can work on that? That would be a switch.

  15. Okay, the guy is a superstar athlete with an off field history that gets paid to play a kid’s game and everyone hates him. Fair enough.

    But, for the “get a real job” crowd: Don’t you think you might gripe about it if, even though you had worked at the same fast food joint for the past 10 years, you still had to go through new hire orientation once a year? No matter how great you are at flipping burgers having to be taught every twelve months what a spatula is?

  16. Except here’s the problem, Adrian: You don’t fit in the offense because you never learned how to take a handoff from the shotgun, you never learned how to catch a pass on the run, you never learned how to pass block, and you never learned how to not fumble. That’s what OTAs and training camp are for. Maybe you need to change your attitude so you can help your team win a Super Bowl, which you seem to think everyone should believe you can do. It takes more than belief, it takes work! Man, Carl is right. I can’t wait to get this guy off my team.

  17. Vikes will win the Super Bowl this year and AP will ride off into the sunset. There is no way the Vikes pay him $18 Million next year with no guaranteed money left in his deal. This is the year!! Skol Vikes

  18. “Trade anyone who doesn’t think the bikes can win a SB”

    One week later

    “Putting in all this work is boring”

    This is the kind of thing that happens when you give a certain player special treatment, like Favre, it’s contagious.

  19. Did everyone see Carl and Teddy agree in this comment section?

    That… might literally be a first for this blog.

    AP gets bored of the same repetition in the off-season but never improves his pass-pro, catching, ability to take handoffs out of shotgun or fumbling. So maybe it’s the same old, same old because of how you treat it.

    His drive is gone. He’ll be gone soon too.

  20. Wasn’t AP whining about his contract last year? How soon we forget. Right AP?

    What a tool.

  21. His biggest problem is that he is dumb as a stump. He doesn’t have any ability to truly think about what he is saying.

  22. All the packer trolls understand his wrath he puts on the pukes.

    It is wildly funny to read the packer trolls talk about his commitment.

    Dude is a beast.

    Packer fans can’t wait for his retirement.

    It will still be awhile.

    Sorry pack fans-get use to 2nd place…..again!!!!

  23. Yeah all that punishment he gives out to GB really gets those GB fans riled up….

    But then they remember the Vikings are 6-12-1 vs. Gb since AP was drafted… so the punishment isn’t too bad.

  24. He’s been pro ready since he was a teen. Other than picking up the nuances of the playbook, his position doesn’t require much practice.

  25. bridgeh2o says:
    Jun 22, 2016 2:15 PM
    All the packer trolls understand his wrath he puts on the pukes.

    The Packers run game has out-performed the Vikings run game three years in a row, at 20% the cost. Wrath is expensive.

  26. I don’t see where leadership and integrity is lost for him saying this. The guy has been doing offseason workouts for the past 20+ years. Anyone who played football in highschool or college remember 2-a-days in the summer? Tell me any player who has a positive perception of those.

  27. patsfiend says:
    Jun 22, 2016 7:03 AM

    What great leadership this man provides to his team. Not.


    You’ve obviously never played football. Players don’t care about this stuff. If it was just another player that didn’t want to show up but expected to start, that’s one thing. But it’s not, it’s Adrian Peterson. Who missed two years, one cause of an acl, and the other because of a moronic pr system and still has 11,000 rushing yards. 3x rushing leader. 2x all-pro. The guy who only has 604 more yards to go to be TOP TEN IN NFL RUSHING OF ALL TIME!

    He’s earned in. No new guy is going to worry about what he’s doing. In fact no new guy should even be worrying about what he’s doing, need to be worrying about themselves.

  28. “Except here’s the problem, Adrian: You don’t fit in the offense-” 2015 Rushing Leader: Adrian Peterson, MIN, 1485

    If that what it means to not fit, please get rid of him. Philadelphia will be very pleased to have him not fit in our offense.

  29. It’s too bad a guy can’t give an honest interview anymore…and he’s been honest to a fault. At least in interviews. He says he finds the offseason a grind. So what? He’s there and he’s putting in the work. For all of his shortcomings as a human being, his work ethic is unquestioned. He knows he won’t see a paycheque from the Vikings next season if his game doesn’t evolve to where he can compliment Teddy instead of working against him. As a fan, I’d like to see it but realistically…he’s 31…He’s not going to become a great blocker or receiver all of a sudden. The offseason isn’t that long.

  30. absolutevisuals says:
    Jun 22, 2016 4:10 PM

    “Except here’s the problem, Adrian: You don’t fit in the offense-” 2015 Rushing Leader: Adrian Peterson, MIN, 1485

    If that what it means to not fit, please get rid of him. Philadelphia will be very pleased to have him not fit in our offense.

    You had 2014 rushing leader DeMarco Murray on your team last year and that didn’t work out very well, did it? If you want your offense to be running the ball 85% of first and second downs, you’re welcome to him.

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