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Adrian Peterson on gay marriage: ‘I’m not with that’

Adrian-Peterson-Wants-to-Play-for-Fantasy-OwnersWhen superstar athletes express their opinions about gay players in sports, the ripple effect occurs almost instantly. Adrian Peterson gave us a perfect example of that last week when he provided his thoughts on gay marriage.

During an interview with Bruce Murray and Amani Toomer on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Peterson discussed his former teammate Chris Kluwe and the way he was such an outspoken advocate of gay rights. While AP said he does not discriminate against anyone because of their sexual preference, he made it clear he does not support gay marriage.

“To each his own,” Peterson said, via NESN.com. “I’m not with it. But I have relatives that are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love ‘em. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something I believe in. But to each his own.”

While Peterson will certainly deal with a good amount of backlash for not supporting gay marriage, he was simply being honest. Everyone is entitled to their own personal beliefs, whether they stem from religion or elsewhere. It’s how they handle those beliefs in everyday situations that really makes a difference.

Peterson doesn’t have to support gay marriage. Supporting something and tolerating it or being respectful of it are entirely different concepts. It seems to me that Peterson is saying he does not condone gay marriage, but that he would not judge those who do. There’s a fine line there that is easy to cross, but I don’t think he crossed it with the aforementioned comments.

On a separate note, this NHL star still has the best view on gay teammates.

TMZ reporter wipes out while asking Adrian Peterson stupid question about gay NFL players (Video)

Adrian-Peterson-TMZProfessional athletes have to deal with stupid questions all the time, but sometimes the unexpected happens that makes it all worthwhile. Earlier this week, a TMZ reporter caught up with Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson and asked him a very lame question about gay athletes in the NFL. He wanted Peterson’s take on whether it would be more difficult for a white player or a black player to come out as gay.

As expected, Peterson had no interest in answering the question. He took the route of sarcasm instead, responding that it could be a hispanic or an asian player who comes out. And then, the situation took care of itself. The reporter took a massive spill and someone from Peterson’s entourage yelled, “Down goes Frazier!”

You couldn’t have drawn it up any better. The topic of gay players in the NFL is an important one that has seen an increase in attention lately, but that doesn’t mean people have to reach for ridiculous questions about it. If you do, you might end up tripping over a parking cone and tasting concrete.

Adrian Peterson is not happy about Percy Harvin being traded to the Seahawks

Percy HarvinWith Percy Harvin having been traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, the Minnesota Vikings now have a glaring hole on offense. Adrian Peterson defied medical science by putting together an incredible season in 2012, but one could argue that he would not have had as much room to run if not for Harvin.

Now, the Vikings will need to find a way to replace one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. Their offense has undoubtedly taken a step back for the time being, and a tweet from Peterson after the trade on Monday indicated that he is well aware of that.

There has already been speculation that Minnesota will look to add a big-ticket free agent like Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings, but the team’s offense will have a much different look next year regardless of who they bring in. Not to mention, they will have to fill the void that is left by Harvin’s departure on special teams.

Peterson had some tremendous compliments for Harvin during the 2012 season, so its easy to understand why he’s sad to see him go. Such is life in the NFL, and the only thing AP can do is move on and keep doing what he has been doing.

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Adrian Peterson won rushing title playing through a sports hernia

We recently heard a rumor that there are some people out there who are not fully convinced that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is a beast, so we have decided to share with you a bit more evidence. According to ESPN.com, Peterson won the NFL rushing title and chased Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record this past season while playing through a sports hernia.

Peterson reportedly sustained the injury during a Week 10 game against the Detroit Lions. From that point forward, he rushed for 1,068 yards and had two 200-yard games and one 199-yard game. He received a cortisone shot prior to the Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers, but the Vikings bruiser said it wasn’t until Week 16 that it really started to take its toll.

“Against Houston, that was probably the worse I felt,” Peterson explained. “That was the first time that I really doubted myself and questioned whether I would be able to continue the season. The pain was a 10 on a scale of 10. Put it like this, I developed a new respect for Greg Jennings who had the same type of injury. Initially I thought Greg was tripping and that he needed to be playing, but when I got it I was like, I understand bro. This is nothing to fool with.”

Peterson says the injury got worse and worse each week. Since he fell just nine yards short of breaking Dickerson’s record, does that mean he would have broken it had it not been for the hernia? AP wasn’t willing to go that far, but he certainly feels it affected his play.

“It definitely impacted my play,” he said. “I wasn’t 100 percent, but I wanted to win a championship. I wasn’t going to stop or quit. I made a decision to keep going. I don’t want to make it seem like the sports hernia made me miss (the record). I could have done it with the injury. All I can say is that I would have had better performances.”

The surgeon who performed the procedure on Peterson’s knee recently said AP could be even better next season. Couple that with a full recovery from a sports hernia and Dickerson could be in even more trouble than we initially thought.

Packers bar trash talks Adrian Peterson over rushing record (Picture)

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NFC North rivals Green Bay and Minnesota will meet in the playoffs Saturday, and matters are so intense even sports bars are getting in on the trash talk.

The Stadium View Bar and Grille located on 1963 Holmgren Way in Green Bay has placed two signs on its property taunting Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. One sign is hanging inside the bar while the other is outside it. Both say, “Adrian, this is what 9 yards look like,” which is a jab at AD for coming nine yards short of breaking the single-season rushing record.

Peterson still rushed for 2,097 yards on the season — which is the second-most all time — and two of his three highest totals came against the Packers. He rushed for 210 yards in the first game, and 199 in the second. The Packers have vowed to hold him below 200 yards in the third meeting between the teams.

Eric Dickerson still happily holds the single-season record with 2,105 yards.

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Dr. James Andrews: Adrian Peterson ‘defied all odds,’ could be better next year

Eric Dickerson beware: Adrian Peterson’s doctor says he could be even better in 2013. Peterson should not be used as a measuring stick for other athletes who undergo major reconstructive knee surgery. If any other NFL running back returns to the field less than one year after tearing his ACL and proceeds to rush for over 2,000 yards, we should all be shocked. It just doesn’t happen. Just ask world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

Andrews, who repaired Peterson’s knee last December, said the first year an athlete returns after an injury like the one Peterson suffered is usually “a wash.”

“I say an athlete after (an) ACL (tear) is much better the second year back than the first year back,” he told the Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press. “First year back is a wash. It hasn’t been a wash for him, obviously. After 24 months, (an athlete is) a lot more mature and confident. Who knows? Adrian may be better next year than this year.”

Better next year would mean breaking Dickerson’s NFL single-season rushing record, considering A.P. fell just nine yards short of doing so this season. Andrews said Peterson has “defied all odds” and called him a natural athlete like Bo Jackson. He also said coming back the way A.P. did is unheard of — especially for a running back.

“Running backs don’t come back within the first year like that in the NFL,” Andrews explained. “They may come back and play a little bit. They don’t do what he did. Nobody’s ever done that if you look at the statistics of players returning to the NFL. We did a study. Running backs are the hardest to get back, period.”

And, of course, Andrews was asked if he feels that Dickerson’s record of 2,105 yards is in danger.

“Oh, hell, yeah,” he replied.

Peterson recently expressed confidence that he can still break Dickerson’s record before his career comes to a close. We’re certainly not going to sit here and doubt him.

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Adrian Peterson wants to play special teams

Simply put, Adrian Peterson is a freak of nature. If you didn’t think so before this season, you need look no further than the way he recovered from a torn ACL. Peterson rushed for over 2,000 yards this year after suffering a major knee injury late in the 2011 season. Very few — if any — players would be able bounce back that quickly and become a legitimate MVP contender.

Peterson has cemented himself as the NFL’s best running back, but he wants more. The 27-year-old wants to contribute on special teams as well.

“For the past two years, I’ve been trying to get in on field goal block,” Peterson recently told the Associated Press. “Come in off the edge, you know? It’s just going to take one block for them to really be like, ‘OK, you know what? Let’s take the chance and let you go out there and get it done.’ Kickoff return, I wouldn’t mind getting back there. I’m in it to win.”

That’s never going to happen. Because he is such a fierce competitor, I believe that Peterson is serious in wanting to give special teams a try. Special teams coach Mike Priefer said Peterson has asked him for a shot many times, but it’s not Priefer’s call.

“He always asks,” Priefer said. “He’s a football player. Gunner, field goal block, returner. The guy is awesome. I always say yes, and then I ask the head coach and he says no. I know what the answer is going to be. I don’t even have to ask.”

A.P. returned some kicks his during his rookie season and once during his second year in the league, but I’m sure Leslie Frazier hasn’t even considered using him in that role since. Frazier can’t afford to risk getting his best player hurt — not that any injury would prevent Peterson from remaining one of the best running backs in NFL history. Remember, Eric Dickerson — he’s still coming for you.