Adrian Peterson traded to the Arizona Cardinals, O’Dell Beckham Jr. and JJ Watt out for the season and Deshaun Watson balling and helping people in need.
Adrian Peterson traded to the Arizona Cardinals, O’Dell Beckham Jr. and JJ Watt out for the season and Deshaun Watson balling and helping people in need.
It’s been a rough couple of years for me as a Minnesota Vikings fan to say the least. For as long as I can remember I’ve been a fan of purple and gold. Being a Laker fan is in my DNA, my dad rocked with the Showtime Lakers, and he still believes Magic is the GOAT. My grandpa rocked with Wilt, West and Baylor, and I carried the family tradition rooting for Kobe Bryant. My high school colors were also purple and gold. The colors were fitting, and it just was always there. Right now my focus is on another purple and gold team I happen to love though, that featured arguably one of the best running backs in NFL history–Adrian Peterson. It’s likely we’ll lose running back Peterson for good, our franchise player since 2007.
Somewhat controversial at times, but undeniably talented Peterson was the face of the organization before President Obama came into office (feeling old yet?). Personally but probably factually also, Peterson has been the reigning top back in the league since being drafted in 2007 out of Oklahoma. There have been others who challenged the title (Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, Jamaal Charles, Marshawn Lynch) but none had his longevity. The odd thing about him was he bounced back from serious injury better than ever. The average NFL career span is only a few years and even shorter for a running back. They literally have a collision on each possession. Not to mention the position is becoming increasingly extinct as the league is transitioning to a pass 1st 2nd and 3rd league.
He’s ran for 11,747 yards all in Minnesota. There is a lot of tread on those tires and he will be 32 years of age tomorrow, ancient for a starting running back. He’s coming off of a right lateral meniscus injury that shortened his 2016 season in which he rushed for only 72 yards. With those things I completely understand why management cannot afford to pay what he’s asking for to bring him back it just does not make sense. Farewell Adrian I hope you rush for 2,500 next season where ever you end up.
The Minnesota Vikings entered into the 2016 season with high hopes. Coming off a season in which they won their division in 2015, and suffered a tough playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks the Vikings had Super Bowl hopes this year. Still stings thinking “what if” as the Vikings held a 9-0 lead going into the fourth quarter eventually losing 10-9.
Let us not forget Blair Walsh’s 27 chip shot field goal miss with only 22 seconds left in the game. Despite the heartbreaking loss the team appeared to be moving in the right direction. Sports and injuries go hand and hand but nobody could’ve predicted how hard the injury bug would hit the Vikings.
A little over a week and a half before the 2016 season was set to begin the Vikings starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with a season ending leg injury. Initial reports were that it was a non contact injury and also that it was so severe he could have lost his leg.
Absolutely a freak injury no one planned for. Desperate for someone to replace Bridgewater this season the Vikings traded for now journey man Sam Bradford who has some success in the league but so far an underwhelming career surrounding the hype that followed the number one draft pick coming out of college. While continuing the trend, superstar Adrian Peterson went down in week two of the season with a season ending leg injury. With Peterson has been the leader of the Vikings since arriving in Minnesota a decade ago, it was expected that it would be a huge drop off.
To recap the Vikings lost their promising young quarterback, best player and running back yet through the 1st quarter of the season and they are currently unbeaten. With a suffocating defense, a few young receivers, and Bradford under center, the Vikings are getting it done.
We’ve all seen ’em. The flash back videos of past legends in their prime. Usually accompanied by some high tempo music and a gritty voice over. Sometimes just the ‘in the moments’ screams from the commentators that day.
But Thursday night, there was no music. No fancy video editing. No mysteriously historic voice. Just the crunching of shoulder pads in the trenches and silence of the crowd as Adrian Peterson crossed the goal line yet again.
Normally we just say something like, “AP again? Man he’s nice.” or “look at AP doin’ his thing.” but this time was different. This time Peterson crossed into rare NFL air by scoring his 100th career touchdown.
The most mystifying part about this is we are watching the aforementioned moments live in action. We are seeing one of the all-time greats show us why he is exactly that.
The old stories that your dad tells you about the guys he watched growing up. The guys that the barbershop debates are about, that’s what we are seeing. Oh, and there was another one of those guys on the other side of the field last night in Larry Fitzgerald.
Just think, 10, 15, 20 years from now, if you’re not already, we are going to be telling those same stories. The stories about who and how great Adrian Peterson was. How AP or AD (All Day) use to make elite athletes look second rate on a regular basis.
And it’s not like its some normal, show up to work and then leave career. Peterson has faced MAJOR obstecles. We’re talking about a man that tore an ACL in 2011 and rushed for 2,097 yards after returning 9 months later. One of only 6 players to ever rack up 2000+ yards in a season.
Not only that, follwing a year of suspension you would expect AP to maybe have lost a step being almost 31 as an NFL running back. Instead he has 1200+ yards and 9 touchdowns already this season.
Passing the century mark in scores (95 rushing, 5 receiving) Peterson continues to pad his already impressive Hall of Fame resume.
I speak for a lot of us when I say that we are spoiled by greatness. Our generation has seen great professional athletes like Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson. All the way thru the Bradys, the Bryants and onto the LeBron James and company.
We watch these athletes and most often don’t appreciate what they are doing until it’s time to retire. Now we will watch the Aaron Rodgers and Steph Curry’s of the sports world carry the next generation forward.
I look forward to many memorable moments that athletes like Adrian Peterson, the ones like him and those to come will give us. The future is bright.
The Minnesota Vikings now stand at 4-2 in 2015. Yes, I say that or type that rather proudly. For what it’s worth two of those victories came against the Detroit Lions (1-6) and the Vikings were down in both of those games before storming back. The other two victories are respectable vs. San Diego and Kansas City. Their loss to Denver by 3 could have went either way. The other loss to San Francisco, yes the one with Colin Kaepernick at the helm right now beat the Vikings decisively in week one, but would probably lose big should they meet today. No excuses for any team in the league at this point though. In the words of the late Al Davis “Just win baby” and so far the Vikings have done that more often than not this season. With the bizarre season they had last year things were very uncertain and it centered around one man.
Adrian Peterson missed most of last season being suspended by the NFL with allegations circulating about possible child abuse inflicted on one of his children. Without their franchise player the Vikings struggled through a 7-9 season with rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater without his strongest weapon. It’s almost as if there is no rust on the 30 year old running back heading into this season. With 120 rushing attempts Peterson has 530 rushing yards so for through 6 games. 4.4 yards a pop for the former league MVP. All signs point to the recent success of the Vikings being attributed to the leagues best running back (Beast Mode borrowed the title last year) returning in rare form. The man shows no signs of slowing down and is still living up to his nickname “All Day.”
Peterson caused small controversy at the beginning of the season when he stated could have played in the NFL at the age of 18. At this rate it looks like he could play in the NFL at the age of 81 also.
An ESPN report says that the NFL Players’ association sent a letter to the commissioner’s office on Friday, asking for the league to reinstate Minnesota Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson, who completed his legal proceedings by agreeing to a plea deal on Nov. 4. The letter states that Peterson has fulfilled the terms he agreed to when being placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.
While I fully expect Peterson to play again in the NFL, it will be interesting to see whether it will happen or not this season. It has been rumored that commissioner Roger Goodell will look to discipline Peterson further, in an attempt to keep the NFL’s public image as “squeaky-clean” as possible. While Peterson has fulfilled his obligations, the final say is in Goodell’s hands.
From a football standpoint, I believe the Vikings will choose to keep Peterson, and embrace him when he suits up in the purple and gold again. He’s obviously a once-in-a-generation talent, and simply cannot be replaced on the field. For the Vikings, who are currently 4-5, and are sitting in third place in the NFC North, Peterson would be a tremendous help. The team is currently starting rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater, and is still in contention for a playoff spot in the NFC. Peterson would help take pressure off of Bridgewater, and make teams have to account for the Vikings’ passing and running attacks.
A late season addition of Peterson could be the deciding factor as to whether or not the Vikings are able to make an end-of-the-season run, and secure a playoff spot. It will be interesting to see how this scenario plays out, but I think it’s safe to say that the situation will be heavily focused on by the public, which will make the NFL concentrate on making the right decision for the image of the league.
Being a running back in the NFL is the most uninsured skilled position in the NFL. The NFL has turned into more of a passing league within the last 20 years. I remember when teams based their offensive success on players out the backfield a la Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk and others. It use to be no problem for workhorse backs to get paid via by their current team or in free agency. Times have changed as teams no longer covet the position the way they use to.
Looking back at deals for Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson and Chris Johnson, I feel these deals have changed the market for running backs. All three had great years before and leveraged them to get more money, which I personally don’t mind because the real amount that matters is the guaranteed amount due.
With teams able to replace backs like I change tires once somebody’s contract is due, teams aren’t jumping to give them money. Instead, it seems that teams would rather get a running back in the draft or as an undrafted free agent.
The NFL is a passing league and now a lot of running backs have been marginalized by being specialist. Some teams have their short yardage ‘back, pass catching ‘back, pass protection ‘back and the list can go on for days. What this does to the ‘backs when their contract is due is limit the amount they can demand. The day of the workhorse is dead for the most part there are exceptions when it comes to a person like Adrian Peterson and MarShawn Lynch, but the Vikings normally take AP out during passing situations.
Look at this years crop of free agent backs, Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ben Tate, Darren Sproles and soon to be released Chris Johnson. Nobody is rushing to give any of these backs big money it’s the way for the world for running backs currently.
PSA for current ‘backs, use your money wisely because the current general managers have no love for you and you’re very expendable.
Written By:Derrick Bond
Can Adrian Peterson top his incredible 2012 season as top running back and player in the league? He capped last season with two awards as the NFL MVP and NFL Offensive Player of the year. He led the Minnesota Vikings back to the playoffs after missing the year prior. He fell just nine yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s single season all-time record with 2,097. These achievements all came after Peterson missed the last four games of the 2011 season injuring both his ACL and MCL. Those injuries equal almost an automatic decline in athletes but in particular running backs because they play possibly the most brutal position in football period. Minnesota did add wide receiver Greg Jennings and drafted receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to help put weapons around Peterson and lessen the load. However with no upgrade at the quarterback position this off-season (Christian Ponder) it seems that Peterson’s touches will be there. Now here is the scary part. Running backs typically bounce back to original form in the second season after major leg surgery, See Jamaal Charles and Garrison Hearst. With AP not missing one game in 2012 and a whole injury free off-season to nurse his body 2013 could potentially be an even bigger season than 2012. He ranks number 33 on the All-time rushing list after being drafted in 2007 with 8,849 yards. He is 28 years old just entering the prime of his career and the mental part of bouncing back from major surgery sports experts tend to speak of seems to be 2,097 yards long gone from memory for AP. We may be on the verge of a record breaking season including his own, and everyone else.
The playoffs kick off this weekend, and four out of eight teams will be one step closer to the ultimate goal. Every year some wildcard team makes an unsung run to the Super Bowl. Which wildcard team will play Cinderella this postseason? Please feel free to express your opinion about our choices for games of the week.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans, 4:30pm ET SAT
The Texans enter the playoffs playing uninspired football. Though, the Texans have home field advantage they are not a clear choice to defeat the Bengals. The Bengals are looking for revenge from last season’s playoff game against the Houston Texans. This year Andy Dalton knows what to expect, and I expect him to play lights out in front of his hometown. The Texans have the talent to wake up out of their slump, but I don’t see it happening. Bengals beat the Texans in a close one.
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers @ , 8:00pm ET SAT
The Vikings beat the Packers last week to get into the playoffs, but i don’t think means much since it is a brand new season. Stars such as Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, and Clay Matthews will come to play. It will be up to the supporting casts of both teams, and I feel that the Packers have a clear cut advantage. I don’t have enough faith in Christian Ponder to go up to Lambeau to leave as a winner. Packers win big against the Vikes.
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens @ 1:00pm ET SUN
This could be the last game of Ray Lewis’ career after stating that he will retire at the end of the season. The Ravens go as Ray Rice goes, and it would make sense to feed him the ball. Andrew Luck will have a tough time beating the Ravens in this match up, but this is only the beginning of the Andrew Luck era. As long as Joe Flacco doesn’t go Elvis Grbac I see the Ravens winning convincingly.
Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Redskins @ 4:30pm ET SUN
The battle of the “cornball brothers”(just joking) will be at full throttle. RGIII and Russell Wilson have their teams playing at a higher level than anyone expected. It will be interesting to see how the Seahawks will play away from home. RGIII had another week to rest up his knee, and I think he and Alfred Morris will unleash in the running game. This is the first Redskins home playoff game since 1999 so I expect it to be a zoo in that stadium. Seattle will play hard as usual, but I see them falling just short of victory.
Week in and week out there are great games to go along with some amazing story lines. Week 17 continued a great trend of great moments during the football week. Feel free to chime in and comment on our selections if you like. Enjoy!
Adrian Peterson for MVP– I know Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers have played out of their minds this season, but it is time to give the MVP award to a running back. Peterson was only 9 yards away from the All-Time record held by Eric Dickerson. It is still amazing to see how Peterson played this season after tearing his ACL and MCL on December 24, 2011. This is just a testament of how much work Peterson puts in as a player.
The Philadelphia Eagles Quit on Andy Reid This Season– You would think after Reid faced tragedy during the off-season it would make perfect sense to play harder for him. In this case it was the total opposite. It was embarrassing to see the Eagles play against the Giants as Eli & Co. went up and down the field as if they were doing 7 on7 drills. Reid may have been fired, but the problems will only continue to mount up in the city of Brotherly Love.
The Year of the Rookie Quarterback– In week 17 RGIII, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson led their teams to victory that sealed the deal for their playoff bids. It is a great feat to see such young players play at such a high level.
The New York Jets did Tebow wrong– I am not a Tebow supporter by any means, but with Mark Sanchez playing like Bubby Brister it was shocking to see him play while Tebow rotted on the bench. Tebow cannot throw the ball, but he does make plays. I don’t want to sound like Skip Bayless, but it was a disservice how Tebow was treated by Rex Ryan and the Jets.
Tony Romo…….- I really don’t know what to say about Tony Romo. I will just be praying for all of Cowboys Nation if Romo is at the helm.
Terrelle Pryor Showed Promise– I am a homer when it comes to Buckeyes, but when someone sucks from Ohio State (Kurt Coleman) I don’t bite my tongue either. Pryor had a shaky start but ended the game with three total touchdowns. He almost came close by winning the game with a 4th quarter comeback falling short 24-21. In a game where the field and weather was a disaster Pryor only had one turnover. I don’t know if Pryor did enough to win over Head Coach Dennis Allen, but with some work in the off-season Pryor could be starting for the Raiders in the upcoming season.
Black Monday Was Mad Real- Ken Whisenhunt, Lovie Smith, Romeo Crennel, Chan Gailey, Norv Turner, Andy Reid, and Pat Shurmur were all fired on Monday. Some firings were expected, but I think Lovie Smith being axed was a surprised. There will be better days for these group of coaches. Well guys feel free to upload those resume’s on careerbuilder.com.