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Adrian Peterson wants to retire with the Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson, Vikings

Adrian Peterson revitalized his career with the Washington Redskins this past year and signed a two-year extension with the Redskins this offseason, but that does not mean he has forgotten about his roots.

While Peterson is preparing to log another 1,000-yard campaign in Washington, he says he still has plans of retiring as a member of the Minnesota Vikings when the time comes.

“This is where I started; this is where it’s going to come to an end, as well,” Peterson said from his youth football camp in Minnesota, according to Ben Goessling of The Minneapolis Star Tribune. “People ask me all the time, and they keep throwing me off, like, ‘Where would I retire? A Saint, a Cardinal or a Redskin?’ It’s like, ‘No, I’m going to retire a Viking.’ I was here a decade — some great memories, some everlasting friends. I’m just forever indebted to the state of Minnesota. I’ll definitely be retiring a Viking, for sure.”

Peterson, who played his collegiate football at the University of Arkansas, was originally selected by the Vikings with the seventh overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft.

He then went on to spend the first 10 years of his NFL career in Minnesota, making seven Pro Bowl appearances while also notching four First-Team All-Pro selections.

His best season came in 2012, when he racked up 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground while averaging an incredible six yards per carry.

However, toward the end of Peterson’s tenure with the Vikings, knee injuries started to pile up, and after playing just three games in 2016, Minnesota opted to part ways with the future Hall-of-Famer.

The 34-year-old then split the 2017 campaign between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals before signing with the Redskins ahead of 2018.