Minnesota Vikings News: Adrian Peterson Loves Around the League
Will AP ever make it to a Super Bowl? (Photo: Reuters)
Adrian Peterson has been unable to lead the Minnesota Vikings into the Super Bowl, but that doesn't keep the NFL's best running back out of the news. Throughout his time in the National Football League, Peterson has become one of the most respected football players to ever play the game and most people already consider him a first ballot hall of famer.
To put his greatness into perspective, he has reached 10,000 rushing yards faster than all but two running backs in the history of the league.
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Recently ESPN conducted an anonymous survey of more than 320 players in the NFL and asked them which player in the league they would most like to see win his first Super Bowl. Peterson claimed the most votes with 59. He had three more votes than Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez.
"That's pretty cool," Peterson said. "It feels good. I guess guys are able to see the passion that I play with, the desire I play with, and they respect it enough to make that type of statement.
"It says a lot, and it means a lot."
Peterson came very close to reaching the Super Bowl in 2009 when the Vikings faced the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game led by Brett Favre under center. Unfortunately, they would lose in overtime and the Saints would go on to win the Super Bowl. That is one defeat that still sticks freshly in AP's mind.
"I don't think I watched [the Super Bowl that year]," Peterson said. "We gave that one away. We gave a championship away. The NFC Championship Game was pretty much the Super Bowl that year.
"Not to take anything away from the Colts [who lost to the Saints in the Super Bowl] -- that was a good team -- but just how it balanced out, neither one of us was a good matchup they wanted to see in the Super Bowl. That was a tough one."
The 2013 NFL season marked the fourth time in seven seasons that Peterson's Vikings have failed to reach the post season. Considering he isn't getting any younger and the fact that running backs have short lifespans in the NFL, Peterson knows he may never get an opportunity to win a ring.
"I try to stay in stride with what's going on, and play my cards as they're dealt to me," he said. "I've always said I would love to finish here, with the Vikings, so I'll just stick with that."
Peterson is a great football player and seems to be a decent human being. However, he'll never reach the Super Bowl if the Vikings don't get him a good quarterback.