Adrian Peterson Continues to ‘Run Wild’ After Rapid Knee Recovery
This season has been one to remember for the Vikings superstar, Adrian Peterson.
Through week 13, the MVP candidate is averaging 6.2 yards per rush, has reached the end-zone 8 times, leads the league with 1,446 rush yards, and is on pace to top his career best of 1,760 in 2008. And after this weekend’s game against the Packers, Peterson now set the record for the longest touchdown run of his career, an 82-yard touchdown. The statistics continue to get better and better! The ‘freak’ as the Huffington Post calls him, finished the day with 210 rushing yards and surpassed 8,000 career rushing yards!
Peterson’s biggest accomplishment, however, may be one that won’t appear in any box score or record books.
Last December in a game against the Redskins, Peterson suffered both ACL and MCL tears, which would eventually lead to reconstructive knee surgery.
His expectations were immediately set high with a goal to start in the Vikings first regular season game. Just two weeks after surgery, he was walking up steps without crutches! Five months later, he raced teammate Percy Harvin up a hill during an off-season workout session! This short recovery period is unheard of, given the magnitude of this injury!
Peterson, known as one of the hardest workers in the game, not only met his goal of playing in the first game, but shattered it. He would go on to rush for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns, less than 9 months after major knee surgery! A normal recovery for this type of injury is at least 1 year following surgery, and usually hinders the players cutting, speed, or explosiveness in some way. Peterson’s play this season doesn’t give any impression that the injury has left any lingering effects.
“It goes to show how blessed I am and how good God is,” Peterson said in an interview with SI.com. “To lead the league in rushing right now is amazing.”
Combining Peterson’s perseverance and determination with state-of-the-art technology and equipment allowed for such a quick recovery. The Viking’s star relied heavily on his aquatic therapy sessions in the HydroWorx exercise pool as well as land-based physical therapy to get in game-ready shape. And now we all know, it really does work!
Good luck to Adrian and the Vikings as they continue to cling on to the hope of making a playoff spot!
To read the full Sports Illustrated article on the MVP hopeful, click here!