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.

Adrian Peterson: Michael Vick would make Vikings a playoff team

Michael-Vick-NFC-PreviewThe Philadelphia Eagles are expected to release Michael Vick at some point in the coming days, which will make him one of the most intriguing names on the free agent market. Vick said after the season that he “very badly” wants another chance to start, and we’d be surprised if some team didn’t at least give him a shot in training camp. Could the Minnesota Vikings be that team?

If Adrian Peterson gets his way, that would be a possibility. Peterson took to Twitter on Wednesday to lobby for his team to sign Vick.

We’re assuming he meant “instantly.” That can’t make Christian Ponder feel all that good about himself, but we all know he has limited ability. Vick is prone to making mistakes and has not been able to protect the football over the past couple of seasons, yet he remains a player who could be worth gambling on. There’s no denying he has game-changing ability.

Peterson will turn 29 later this month. There were already rumors about him being traded last season as Minnesota played its way to a 5-10-1 record. AP is one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game, and he deserves a shot at a championship. Expect the Vikings to at least pretend they’re listening if he is serious about wanting Vick as a teammate.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Adrian Peterson voted by NFL peers as player they most want to see in Super Bowl

Adrian PetersonIn a great sign of respect, NFL players anonymously voted Adrian Peterson as the player they’d most want to see play in the Super Bowl out of players who haven’t played in one yet.

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.

Adrian Peterson blasts referees, Ravens fans after loss

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson left Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings-Baltimore Ravens game after injuring his leg in the first half, but he still had plenty of opinions about the officiating and fans.

After his team lost 29-26 on a touchdown from Joe Flacco to Marlon Brown in the final seconds, Peterson sent out this tweet:

He later elaborated:

The good news is his injury must not have completely hurt his spirits if he felt well enough to tweet that.

Here’s the play where Peterson went down:

Peterson had 7 carries for 13 yards in the loss. Toby Gerhart replaced him and went for 89 yards on 15 carries. Peterson was specifically upset with the referees for upholding a fumble call on a Gerhart carry in the first quarter.

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Adrian Peterson has thought about playing for Cowboys or Texans

Adrian PetersonWith Adrian Peterson turning 29 this upcoming offseason, speculation has been building that the Minnesota Vikings could look to trade their best player. If the Vikings continue to struggle, trading Peterson and potentially getting multiple early-round draft picks in return could better position them for the future. While AP insists he wants to finish his career in Minnesota, he recently admitted he has thought about playing in his home state.

Peterson grew up outside of Dallas and was a Cowboys fan. So naturally, playing for America’s team is something he has envisioned.

“You know, I’d be a liar if I said it’s something that hasn’t crossed my mind before,” he told ESPN Radio’s SVP and Russillo on Thursday. “But I’ve also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I’ve always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston.”

Peterson is not the type of player who would say he wants out, no matter what the circumstances. He could very well be happy finishing his career in Minnesota, but most players want at least a shot at winning a championship before they retire. I doubt he’d force his way out of town like Percy Harvin, but no one should be surprised if he wears another uniform before hanging up the cleats.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson cannot be stopped on powerful touchdown run (GIF)

Adrian Peterson scored on a touchdown run Sunday that will earn a permanent place on his career highlight reel.

The Minnesota Vikings were down 20-17 to the Dallas Cowboys with six minutes left in the game. They had the ball on the 11 and 4th-and-inches and did what any sane coach would do — hand the ball to Peterson. He broke through the line for an easy first down and was met by safety Jeff Heath, who stood him up and nearly got him to the ground. But Peterson refused to go down and somehow kept moving forward like a train until he eventually scored to give the Vikings the lead.

Look at how close he was to the ground without going down:


GIF via @BuzzFeedSports

Ray Lewis: Adrian Peterson will have to make Barry Sanders decision

Adrian PetersonRay Lewis likens Adrian Peterson to Barry Sanders and is concerned that the Minnesota Vikings running back may have to make a “business decision” the way the former Detroit Lions great did.

Like Sanders, Peterson is one of the best backs ever but has enjoyed only mediocre results during his NFL career. Most of that is due to having poor quarterbacks. With the exception of the magical 12-4 2009 season under Brett Favre, Peterson hasn’t come close to a Super Bowl. After watching the Vikings get embarrassed on “Monday Night Football,” Lewis, speaking on the ESPN set, brought up the possibility that Peterson might have to walk away from the game like Barry.

“Me going out on that field tonight and me looking at Adrian Peterson’s eyes, it’s something that I want to bring up that I don’t want to see happen to this young kid. Because we saw it happen to a great one one time before, which was Barry Sanders,” Lewis began.

[Video: Adrian Peterson treats Browns defense like a bunch of little boys]

“If he keeps going down this road, he’s going to have to make a business decision just like Barry Sanders made a while ago. He plays the game with so much passion and so much love, and he plays it so hard … and to do him like that, to surround him with a team like that … I don’t like to see great people go through things like that.

“I think they have to figure it all out organizationally to figure out what is going on with the Minnesota Vikings.”

Peterson is in his seventh season and on his third different starting quarterback this year. He’s gone through guys like Brad Johnson, Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte before Favre, and he’s endured players like Joe Webb, Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel since. The franchise has done an extremely poor job at that position and wasted many good years of Peterson.

Unlike Barry, I don’t see Peterson walking away from the game (just listen to him talk about breaking this record). However, it is important to note that Peterson is 28 and has carried the ball nearly 2,000 times in his career. It won’t be long before he starts going downhill and we’ll cry about how some of his best years were pissed away because the team thought Tarvaris Jackson or Christian Ponder were the answers at quarterback.