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It must be frustrating as a superstar athlete to be stuck on a bad team. You might put up stellar statistics and dominate every game, but your best efforts are buried as the rest of your team gets run over. That has been Adrian Peterson's life for much of his NFL career, and although he doesn't want to go to another team, he says he would understand if the Vikings decided to trade him for draft picks. It might not be a bad idea for Minnesota. Its 2-7 record means its playoff hopes this season are pretty much nil, and a fresh start could do wonders for both sides.
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Peterson's injury a big deal?
Quarterback carousel aside, another thing appears to be plaguing the Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson's hamstring, which he says has been ailing him for more than a month. The reigning MVP and 2,000-yard rusher doesn't expect to miss time, but he seems to have been slowed by the whole thing (just 511 rushing yards in seven games). Will he bounce back? Is a top ball carrier even that critical in today's NFL?
NFC North Preview -- 2013
Adrian Peterson ran all over the NFL. Calvin Johnson caught everything. But the Green Bay Packers emerged on top of the NFC North last season. Will Aaron Rodgers & Co. do it again? And will those superstars match their production from a year ago?
Compensation for college athletes?
Two defenders have emerged in the Johnny Manziel autograph scandal: Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Both made the point that they think college athletes should be allowed to earn money off their names and through other methods. The NCAA holds up the amateur status of its athletes as an important factor, but considering the amount of money it makes off said athletes' performance, that argument might not hold water for much longer.
Adrian Peterson came tantalizingly close to breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record last season, but he's not paying attention to that this year. Peterson said that his goal in 2013 would be to rush for 2,500 yards -- a full 395 yards past Dickerson's record of 2,105. Peterson would have to average 156.25 yards rushing per game to accomplish that goal -- he managed 131 per game this past season. It won't be easy, but neither was coming back less than a year after reconstructive knee surgery, and that worked out pretty well for him.