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:


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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.

Adrian Peterson has seven kids by multiple baby mamas, ex-stripper Erica Syion says

adrian-peterson2While Adrian Peterson mostly received sympathy following the death of his 2-year-old son, there were some who used the moment to expose the truth about the Minnesota Vikings running back’s parenting and family life.

We noted last week that Peterson only recently learned that he was the father of the deceased child. The first time he met the boy was when the child was on life support in the hospital. The man who was initially believed to be the father, Bobby Ruffin, went on Facebook to blast the whole situation. Peterson has since been exposed for having multiple children to multiple women.

According to TMZ, here’s what Ruffin wrote on Facebook about all the sympathy Peterson received.

“So tired of this poor Adrian Peterson sh*t. Let me blow all your minds. The boy who died was my son.

“Yes A.P. he was the biological father but I raised him and he carried my name. Tyrese Robert Ruffin. I don’t blame AP for not really caring cuz him and I both found out recently who the biological father was.

“AP met my son for the first time yest when my son was already in coma. I was here today when we pulled the plug, not him. He was happily practicing and has no problem playing on Sunday.

“So yea this isn’t all out yet but I’m sick of the poor AP sh*t. He didn’t know or even meet my son. Sorry for the outburst but put yourself in my place.”

That’s the story of Peterson’s 2-year-old son, who died after being beaten by the mother’s current boyfriend. Ruffin was the mother’s ex-girlfriend. The mother’s current boyfriend, Joseph Patterson, is the one accused of beating the child. The woman who was the boy’s mother is Ashley Doohen, who lives in South Dakota. You can see her below:

Ashley Doohen Adrian Peterson

Most people in the public only knew about Peterson having two children: Adrian Jr. and daughter Adeja. The now deceased son was the third child most learned about.

In a 2009 E:60 profile, Peterson shared that he had two children who lived with their mothers in Texas. He said at the time that his daughter was four years old.

Adrian Peterson daughter

TMZ reported that Peterson had a fourth child most didn’t know about — a 3-month-old daughter living in Minnesota. The mother is said to be a waitress at a popular Minnesota club.

That’s four children from four mothers.

Another woman, Erica Syion, emailed Media Take Out on Tuesday to question Peterson’s parenting and say the running back has multiple children. She says she is the mother of Peterson’s second child and oldest son, a boy named Anthony. That’s five children from five mothers (Erica’s son is likely the second child to whom Peterson was referring in the E:60 profile).

Head over to Page 2 of the story to see what Syion had to say about Peterson’s kids.

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