Peterson Just Shy, But Diving into Post- Season
Well Adrian Peterson missed breaking the all-time single season rushing yard record by only 9 yards, but the Vikings have clinched a spot in the post season!
For many athletes, missing this record would be a major disappointment, but not for Peterson. Peterson’s post game interviews were nothing but excitement and optimism about playing in the NFL playoffs. Looking at statistics alone, this season was quite incredible for Adrian Peterson. But there is more to the story than that. Peterson tore his ACL and MCL last December in a game against the Redskins,which led 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!
What is typically a nine month to full year recovery for a surgery of this magnitude, Peterson turned into a 7 month process. Many people were skeptical and doubted him until he started to put up outstanding numbers for each game. How did he do it? A lot of dedication, perseverance, physical therapy, aquatic therapy in the HydroWorx pool and amazing support from his teammates!
Peterson finished the regular season with 2,097 yards, nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s 1984 record of 2,105. Against the Packers on Sunday, Peterson helped push the Vikings to a 37-34 victory with 199 yards himself.
“It’s a bittersweet feeling inside, but the first thing that came to my mind when I heard I was nine yards short was, like, it is what it is. It wasn’t meant to happen,” Peterson said in a post-game interview. “Not to say it doesn’t hurt, because it does, but we came in here tonight and accomplished the ultimate goal, which was getting a win and punching our ticket to the playoffs.”
Additionally, following the game, Peterson turned to Twitter (@AdrianPeterson) to share his feelings and his gratitude with all 426,000 followers!
Peterson’s story is one that will not be forgotten and has the potential to grant him the title of this season’s MVP! Read the full article with images and post- game interviews from Peterson from Sport Illustrated online. Congrats to Peterson for an amazing recovery and season, but most of all good luck to the Vikings moving into the post-season!