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Adrian Peterson marries girlfriend Ashley Brown

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Adrian Peterson manages to keep his personal life quiet compared to most other superstar athletes. He is said to have multiple children by multiple different women, but Peterson has never been married. Until now.

Peterson has been dating a woman named Ashley Brown off and on since college. The two apparently got hitched recently, which was discovered when they made a public appearance at the Starkey Hearing Foundation gala in St. Paul on Sunday.

When a Pioneer Press photographer asked Brown what her last name was, she replied that it is now Peterson. She has also changed her Twitter handle to @MrsAshPeterson, and we all know the marriage is official once social media says it is.

Peterson and Brown have at least one child together.

Photo: Twitter/Ashley Peterson

Jennie Finch blew fastballs by Adrian Peterson (GIF)

Adrian Peterson is a tremendous competitor, but even NFL superstars have to be careful what they wish for sometimes. During Sunday’s All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, Peterson challenged softball star Jennie Finch to throw the whole slow-pitch softball thing out the window and bring the heat.

Finch threw Peterson three straight fastballs during his second at-bat of the game. His reaction was priceless:

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After whiffing on the first, AP got credit for fouling off the next two. It’s unclear if he actually made contact, as he later said “it’s possible” and Finch jokingly replied that he’s “full of it.”

“I said, ‘Don’t take it easy on me. I want you to come with a fastball,’” Peterson explained, via ESPN.com. “She said, ‘What else?’ I said, ‘Changeup.’ Initially, I thought she was going to continue to throw them underhand, but she saw I was serious.”

Peterson also said he probably hasn’t swung a bat in 15 years, and it showed. Finch is a master of her trade. We all know what Peterson can do on the gridiron, but he’s clearly no match for Jennie.

GIFs via The Big Lead and @cjzero

Adrian Peterson admits he is a LeBron James bandwagon fan

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson is a superb athlete who is admired by many fans. But like many of his admirers, Peterson himself is a fan. And Peterson admitted the unthinkable — he is a LeBron James bandwagon fan.

After James announced Friday that he will be returning to the Cavaliers, All Day tweeted that his allegiance is returning to the Cavs as well.

Peterson explained himself following some backlash:

It’s an elite athletes thing:

Yeah, we get it, AD. Some people just don’t like it. They prefer when athletes have a response like this one from JR Smith:

Now that is funny.

Joseph Patterson – accused of killing Adrian Peterson’s son – allegedly kidnapped baby’s mother

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Joseph Patterson, the man accused of killing Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son last year, has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and attacking the mother of the deceased child.

According to Keloland.com, Patterson was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, and strangulation.

TMZ says Sioux Falls police responded to a call Tuesday morning and were able to apprehend Patterson. Patterson had been free on $750,000 bond and ordered not to contact the mother of the child or anyone else in the family.

Patterson, 28, who allegedly beat Peterson’s son Tyrese to death, allegedly knocked the victim unconscious and held her captive for more than an hour. The woman allegedly had visible injuries on her neck.

Bond reportedly has been set at $1 million cash only this time. Peterson had only recently found out that the child was his son.

Adrian Peterson: Being 30 as a RB ‘doesn’t apply to me’

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson has one more NFL season left in his 20s. The Minnesota Vikings star will turn 30 next month, and 30 is typically a bad number for NFL running backs. Most of them hit a wall in their late 20s and aren’t even on a roster by the time 30 comes knocking. Peterson is not worried about becoming another statistic.

Despite the fact that he has already suffered a torn ACL and has carried the ball more than 2,000 times during his career, Peterson insists he is nowhere close to slowing down.

“The same thing I thought when they say ACL, you’ll never come back from it,” Peterson said during minicamp last week, via Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press. “It is what is. It doesn’t apply to me. I have a totally different mindset and mind frame, so I’ll just stay in my lane and let everybody else say what they have to say.”

In fact, AP has his eye on 10 more seasons.

“Well, I was talking to Favre,” Peterson added. “Forty sounds like a good number.”

Favre took a beating throughout his career, but he was a quarterback. He didn’t get hit nearly as often as Peterson does, and that’s bound to take it’s toll at some point.

Is it possible to remain productive through age 30 and beyond? Sure. Emmitt Smith rushed for over 1,000 yards each season (aside from his rookie year) with the Dallas Cowboys through age 32. He showed plenty of signs of slowing down, but Smith remained relatively productive beyond age 30.

People like Smith are the exception. Peterson is more than capable of being another exception. Like all the greats before him, he’ll need some good fortune along the way.

LeSean McCoy reiterates that he is better than Adrian Peterson

LeSean McCoyMany people consider Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to be the best running back in the NFL and one of the most explosive runners of all time. The fact that he came back so strong after tearing his ACL has a lot to do with that, but LeSean McCoy doesn’t believe that makes him the best. Shady thinks the No. 1 spot belongs to him.

McCoy has said several times in the past that he is the league’s best back. When a reporter asked him again on Monday if he feels he is a superior player to AP, McCoy almost seemed annoyed.

“Yes, yes, yes,” he said after practice, per CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank. “Especially the last three years. Check the numbers. You’re a numbers guy, check the numbers.”

McCoy made the same argument last month, placing an emphasis on the last three seasons.

“The last three years?” he said. “I’ve been All-Pro first-team twice. I never leave the field. I block. I catch. I never leave the field. I don’t have anybody do my job. I do it myself. Tons of credit goes out to Adrian Peterson. I’m a big fan of his, for sure. But I feel I’m the best.”

When Peterson was asked about McCoy’s comments, he said they made him laugh and he doesn’t even think McCoy believes what he was saying. McCoy insists he wasn’t joking at all.

“I don’t know if he’s joking or what,” McCoy said. “I don’t know how to take that. I play the game and it speaks for itself. I don’t know what that meant. I don’t understand what he was getting at.”

Here’s the argument McCoy can make against Peterson — yards from scrimmage. Peterson racked up “just” 1,437 total yards from scrimmage last season, whereas McCoy totaled 2,146. AP has never been much of a threat in the passing game. McCoy, on the other hand, has played in some pass happy offenses and has great hands.

That said, McCoy isn’t really doing Peterson any justice when he concentrates on the last three years. AP tore his ACL late in the 2011 season and still somehow managed to rush for over 2,000 yards the following year and come incredibly close to breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record.

It’s impossible to compare backs in two completely different systems. I think we can all agree that any team in the NFL would love to have either Peterson or McCoy. Age not considered, you can probably flip a coin at this point.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Jim Brown: Adrian Peterson can break rushing record

Adrian PetersonJim Brown is a harsh critic when it comes to judging running backs, so if you receive a compliment from him, you know you’ve done something really special. And Adrian Peterson definitely has earned the respect of arguably the greatest running back of all time.

Brown spoke with the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson for a phone interview and said he believes Peterson can break Emmitt Smith’s career rushing record of 18,355 yards.

“If he wants that and he dedicates himself and he has good fortune, that’s a great possibility,” Brown told Tomasson.

“He’s a great football player,” Brown said of Peterson. “He’s always been a real fine gentleman and a great worker. His running style and the effort he puts in is unbelievable. I have the greatest respect for him. … I like his attitude as a runner. I like the fact that God gave him a body that’s big enough and he’s fast enough.”

Brown held the career rushing record record from 1963-1984, which is longer than anyone in league history. Walter Payton broke his record, and then Emmitt has been the new holder since 2002.

We’ve already seen Peterson rush for 2,097 yards in a single season, so it’s not a stretch to believe that he could set the career mark as he enters his eighth season in the league. Peterson has 10,115 career yards and this will be his last season before turning the dreadful 30. The good news is he reached 10,000 career yards faster than all but two people in history, so his pace should keep him in contention.

Brown believes Peterson has a shot at the career rushing record and so do we. With the way AD returned for the 2012 season following major knee surgery, we’ve learned to never doubt the talented back.