NFL running back Adrian Peterson continues to make plays in 2019 despite an already illustrious career and Hall of Fame bid more than likely pinned down.
Peterson’s career started at Oklahoma University, where he tormented Big 12 defenses for three seasons. From 2004-2006, Peterson rushed 748 times for 4,041 yards and 41 touchdowns.
After spending three season at Oklahoma, Peterson was taken by the Minnesota Vikings with the seventh pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. It was a pick that changed the Minnesota Vikings franchise.
In his first season in the league, Adrian Peterson rushed 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns, enough for a Pro Bowl appearance.
Peterson only got better from his rookie to sophomore season, rushing for 1,760 yards and 10 touchdowns. That season, Minnesota finished the season 10-6 before losing in the Wild Card to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Barely going into his third season, Minnesota and the NFL knew that Peterson was already one of the best running backs in the league.
Peterson followed up his second season with the most touchdowns he’s ever scored in an NFL season with 18, along with 1,383 yards. Minnesota went to the NFC Conference Championship in 2010, losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. Peterson rushed for 122 yards in the loss.
But it was in 2012 when Peterson made his mark in the history books, rushing for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns. Peterson averaged 131.1 yards per game. Minnesota would end up losing in the Wild Card to the Green Bay Packers, with Peterson rushing for 99 yards.
Peterson would win the Most Valuable Player Award from the NFL. He would also be in the running for Comeback Player of the Year, coming back from an ACL and MCL tear that limited his 2011 season when he rushed for less than 1,000 yards.
At this point injuries began to pile up for Peterson, who just came back from multiple knee injuries, and underwent sports hernia surgery the offseason following his MVP year.
But in 2014, Peterson did not play much NFL football, being indicted for child abuse charges. Peterson was put on the commissioner exempt list and subsequently suspended without pay for the rest of the NFL season.
But Peterson returned to the field in 2015 and it didn’t look like he lost a step, rushing for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns at age 30. Minnesota would lose in a heartbreaking way to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card.
in 2016, Peterson torn his meniscus in week two of the season and would miss the reminder of the year. Minnesota decided to move on from Peterson the next season.
2017 was a tough year for Peterson, who was with the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals, only rushing for 529 yards and two touchdowns.
At 32, many believed the great career of Peterson was coming to an end, but he wasn’t through yet. Peterson signed with the Washington Redskins.
In 2018, Peterson once again rushed for over 1,000 yards in a fully healthy season. Peterson continues to play for the Redskins, with over 500 yards in 2019.
As of today, Peterson is ranked sixth in rushing yards and only 240 yards away from passing Curtis Martin for fifth place.