All NFL fans will have their vote for the greatest running back in the history of Pro Football. If prime Adrian Peterson is not in the conversation for that title, then there is a serious problem. Peterson entered his prime when he first stepped foot on an NFL field with the Minnesota Vikings. From 2007-2016 in Minnesota, before moving on to play for six teams in five years, Peterson would take the NFL world by storm and wreak havoc on opposing defenses.
Peterson’s NFL portfolio is absolutely stacked, and it is thanks to his time with the Vikings. The former Oklahoma Sooner is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a seven-time All-Pro (four-time First-Team selection). In 2007, en route to winning Offensive Rookie of the Year, Peterson recorded an NFL-record 296 rushing yards against the San Diego chargers in Week 9. He was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2012 rushing for 2,097 yards, which was nine yards short of Eric Dickerson’s all-time single-season record. The Texas native is a three-time rushing yards leader (2008, 2012, 2015) and a two-time rushing touchdowns leader (2009, 2015). He would record more than 1,000 scrimmage yards and have double-digit touchdowns in eight of his 10 seasons with the Vikings. Peterson is a member of the NFL’s 2010 All-Decade Team because of his dominant decade in Minnesota. The future Hall of Famer recorded more than 11,000 rushing yards and 120 rushing touchdowns playing in purple and gold.
After leaving Minnesota in 2016, Peterson would go on to play for New Orleans, Arizona, Washington, Detroit, Tennessee and Seattle from 2017-2021. In 2018 with Washington, Peterson became one of five players aged 33 or older to record 1,000 rushing yards in a single season. He is fifth all-time in rushing yards with 14,918 and fourth all-time with 120 rushing touchdowns. If his latest action in Seattle in 2021 was the last time NFL fans get to witness the greatness of Adrian Peterson, it was one of the greatest careers in NFL history. His vision, speed and power were so unique. There will never be another great one like him.