Adrian Peterson grew up in the face of adversity-- watching his older brother get killed by a drunk driver and seeing his father arrested for money laundering in connection to drug dealing. He channeled his emotions into many sports, but he excelled on the football field. At the University of Oklahoma, the powerful 216-pound back could outrun his opponents but seemed to prefer plowing full-speed into them. He placed second in the 2004 Heisman Trophy race, then the highest finish for a first-year player, and was named a consensus All-American.
Peterson was selected with the No. 7 overall pick in the draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He quickly proved an elite performer in the NFL and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
After coming back from a serious knee injury in 2012, Peterson began a string of eight straight 100-yard rushing games in Week 7, topping the 200-yard mark in two of the final three games of that stretch. Entering the final game of the season, he needed to gain 208 yards against the Green Bay Packers to surpass Dickerson's mark. Peterson finished the day with 199, leaving him just short of the record, but his 26-yard run late in the fourth quarter set up a game-winning field goal that propelled Minnesota into the playoffs.
Peterson was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player for his efforts. Afterward, it was revealed that the superstar running back had played much of the second half with a painful sports hernia, making the accomplishments of his amazing comeback season even more impressive.
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