Adrian Peterson emotional after milestone in Minnesota

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Washington running back Adrian Peterson moved away from Minnesota after 10 seasons, but he was nothing but moved upon his return Thursday night.

After the former Vikings star moved up to sixth on the all-time rushing list, he was shown on both scoreboards at US Bank Stadium, giving the local fans a chance to give him an ovation.

I had to hold tears back, to be honest,” Peterson said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “It was special, a special moment.”

His current team lost the game 19-9, but Peterson had another solid night, with 76 yards on 14 carries.

“Just coming back and seeing the love they still have for me and they showed, man, it felt good,” Peterson said. “Even in defeat I’m able to embrace it and take it for what it was and it meant a lot. I spent a decade here so just to see that ovation and the love they showed it was meaningful. . . .

“There was a couple times during the game I caught myself singing the Skol song. It’s a natural instinct. Some things are just triggered.”

His 10 years there were his most productive, as he racked up 11,747 yards, 97 touchdowns, seven Pro Bowls, and a league MVP honor, making it natural that the bond runs so deep.

15 responses to “Adrian Peterson emotional after milestone in Minnesota

  1. If the Washingtons had a QB, they would have trounced Minnesota. Keenum and Haskins are awful.

  2. Nice story. I think Washington had a good shot at hanging in that game too if Keenum hadn’t been hurt. He was finding open guys a lot. Haskins is terrible…no wonder Gruden didn’t want him.

  3. I was pretty moved to see it on TV. Wish I could’ve been there. I’m glad the crowd that was there did cheer for him. That was kind of a special moment.

  4. I offered polite applause out of respect for the great performances he had here. The way things went toward the end tarnished that legacy, though, so I think the ovation went a bit overboard.

  5. I don’t like the way things ended in Minnesota with AP… I think he became too self-important, ungrateful, and shifted blame when his own transgressions got him in trouble. Still, it was nice last night to see him have a couple of classic AP-style runs, and for the fans to show him some love. We don’t have to like or agree with everything someone does or says, but it’s nice to extend grace in the right situation.

  6. Good to be able to be in the stadium, for likely his last game in Minneapolis – not quite like seeing him run for 296 against SD 10 years ago – good times…

  7. individualnumber2 says:
    October 25, 2019 at 9:00 am
    If the Washingtons had a QB, they would have trounced Minnesota. Keenum and Haskins are awful

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    If and buts we’re candy and nuts……………

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