The survey was conducted by ESPN and published in ESPN The Magazine. More than 320 players were surveyed, and Peterson led the way with 59 votes (18.4 percent), while Tony Gonzalez was second with 56 votes (17.5 percent). Calvin Johnson (8.1 percent), Russell Wilson (4.7 percent), Andre Johnson (4.4 percent) and Mike Vick (3.4 percent) also made the list.
Peterson was appreciative of the recognition from his peers.
“That’s pretty cool,” Peterson told ESPN. “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 entered the league in 2007 and has been in the playoffs three of his seven seasons. The closest he came to the Super Bowl was the 2009 season, when his Vikings lost to the New Orleans Saints 31-28 in overtime of the NFC Championship Game. Peterson said that game was pretty much the Super Bowl that season (the Saints went on to beat the Indianapolis Colts in the big game).
With the Vikings trending in the wrong direction, there has been talk about Peterson leaving them for a contender. Ray Lewis even said Peterson would have to consider walking away from the game at some point. If he does, we’ll know that it won’t just be the fans left disappointed, but his peers, too.Google+