Adrian Peterson wants to retire a Viking — someday

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Washington running back Adrian Peterson has proven he can still be productive, and has continued to set high goals for himself.

But as he gets closer to the end of a strong career, he’s thinking about the end, and who he wants to end it with.

According to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the former Vikings MVP said he wants to return to his original team when it’s time to retire.

“This is where I started; this is where it’s going to come to an end, as well,” Peterson said. “People ask me all the time, and they keep throwing me off, like, ‘Where would I retire? A Saint, a Cardinal or a Redskin?’ It’s like, ‘No, I’m going to retire a Viking.’ I was here a decade — some great memories, some everlasting friends. I’m just forever indebted to the state of Minnesota. I’ll definitely be retiring a Viking, for sure.”

Peterson ran for 11,747 yards in 10 seasons in Minnesota, and has 1,571 yards in the three years since he left, so it seemed like an easy call. But he said any hard feelings that might have existed after his release have dissipated.

“I believe I gave my heart to the state of Minnesota and my fans, anytime I stepped on the field,” he said. “It’s not like I left on bad terms, like we fell out. Things just didn’t work; they went their way, I went my way. It was just kind of mutually beneficial, for me and for them.”

Gaining 1,042 yards at age 33 last season suggests it might be a few years before he’s ready to cash in on that goodwill, however.

28 responses to “Adrian Peterson wants to retire a Viking — someday

  1. Who would expect anything different?the idea he would go into the HoF as a cardinal, saint or Redskin is ridiculous.

  2. The Vikings paid you 30 million dollars over 2 years to play 11 games but they disrespected you somehow & they treated you like you were a slave. Forget you man.

  3. With all the rules he’s broken and money he’s taken from various teams’ coffers, and all the towns that have had to lock up their women and children, he’s always been a viking (and we haven’t forgotten the supposed charity money that disappeared in his finances that one time).

  4. Uh yeah he did leave on bad terms. How about missing a full season for beating a child? Then blaming the Vikings even though they still paid you all year?

  5. If I’m the Redskins I try to accommodate him right now. Even if Guice isn’t quite ready.

  6. AP left on bad terms, and they were his terms … the Vikings did much more than they needed to for AP. He made some bad comments about a team who stood by him and paid him when they didn’t have too. As a Vikes fan; I think he owes the fans an apology – but it’s not like the fans will get to decide whether or not he retires a Viking. That said – with or without an apology to the fans, it is as a Viking he should retire.

  7. How soon they forget. How anyone can still cheer for this guy is beyond me, he whipped an innocent four year old kid bloody, and recently admitted he still whips him.

  8. Oh all those poor packers fans who have a bad taste in their mouth! Must be from the last couple of seasons for not making the playoffs.

    Well AP was MVP of the league and maybe can’t play like he used to but is one of the best running backs to play the game.

    Packer fans I haven’t seen you have a top running back since when? Oh yeah, that’s right you never had one!

  9. As normal folks we the fans are disgusted with the NFL’s. ‘look the other way’ to kids being beaten by their parents. See AP and now T. Hill as proof. I would like to see the NFL stand up and make their OWN staement about this topic. Can you do that Rodger?

  10. packerssuckcheese says:
    June 10, 2019 at 9:38 am
    Oh all those poor packers fans who have a bad taste in their mouth! Must be from the last couple of seasons for not making the playoffs.

    Well AP was MVP of the league and maybe can’t play like he used to but is one of the best running backs to play the game.

    Packer fans I haven’t seen you have a top running back since when? Oh yeah, that’s right you never had one!
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    Yeah, you may have a point, but running backs like Edgar Bennett, Dorsey Levens and James Starks are all sporting Super Bowl rings, while Adrian Peterson will always be known as a charity thief, an entitled athlete who tortured a 4 year old and, of course, a Minnesota Viking.

  11. Wafflestomp, I agree about the switch which he shouldn’t done that. But who cares if winning a Super Bowl for those other 3 no namers you said about. Did they even have a 1000 yard season? We are talking about being a top running back not about the amount of super bowl rings being won!

  12. packerssuckcheese says:
    June 10, 2019 at 11:10 am
    Wafflestomp, I agree about the switch which he shouldn’t done that. But who cares if winning a Super Bowl for those other 3 no namers you said about. Did they even have a 1000 yard season? We are talking about being a top running back not about the amount of super bowl rings being won!
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    This is exactly the reason your fan base is such a joke. Anybody who would tout individual achievements over team goals is a loser.
    But, go ahead, enjoy all of those meaningless 1,000 yard seasons the child abuser had. I’m sure the Patriots would trade all of their trophy room hardware for a few of those.

  13. packerssuckcheese says:
    June 10, 2019 at 11:10 am
    Wafflestomp, I agree about the switch which he shouldn’t done that. But who cares if winning a Super Bowl for those other 3 no namers you said about. Did they even have a 1000 yard season? We are talking about being a top running back not about the amount of super bowl rings being won!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He was a terrific athlete. Only.

    He caused several good Viking teams to be nothing more than Peterson-centric. He was a boat anchor to those teams.

  14. I TOLD YA… the Minnesota Vikings would get better
    if the team got rid of him.

    I TOLD YA.

  15. “People ask me all the time, and they keep throwing me off, like, ‘Where would I retire? A Saint, a Cardinal or a Redskin?’
    _________

    People ask him all the time if he’s going to retire as a Saint, a Cardinal, or a Redskin? He played five games for the Saints and six games for the Cardinals, and he wasn’t good. People really aren’t even mentioning the Vikings as a team he would retire with? Really, Adrian?

  16. I can understand that. He is the Ultimate Viking.
    Pretty good sometimes, but when the lights shine the brightest, he is terrible. Regular season warrior, playoff punching bag.
    The actual embodiment of the Minnesota Vikings franchise.

  17. The Vikings will always be grateful to him for all the Super Bowl titles he brought to the team.

  18. Funny he says this right after Kevin Warren leaves. Ha. I don’t think any one really wants Adrian to retire as a viking, but definitely, just retire, bro.

  19. Yes, Peterson should retire in the purple and pee colors.
    A loser like him and the Vikings go hand in hand.
    They deserve each other.

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