• Shederrian Jones

The resurgence of Adrian Peterson


On Christmas Eve of 2011 while playing against the Redskins, Adrian Peterson tore his ACL.

Then, the next season, he came back even better and rushed for 2,000 yards.

As a member of the Minnesota Vikings Peterson played his best football. In seven out his 10 seasons there, he rushed for over 1,200 yards.

In 2017, he was traded from the Vikings to the Saints, then again to the Cardinals. In 2017, nobody thought Peterson was good anymore. The former MVP only rushed for 529 yards after he left Vikings.

This past August, the 33-year-old signed with the Washington Redskins after two of the team's running backs were injured. This season, Peterson has played tremendous for his age, putting up solid numbers.

According to ESPN, this season for Washington Peterson has 587 rushing yards on 127 attempts, with an average of 4.6 yards per attempt. The 4.6 yards per attempt is better than his 2015 season when he lead the league in rushing.

This season Peterson is in legendary status. The former MVP is on pace to have 311 rushing attempts. Only two running backs who were his age or older have had more touches.

On Sunday against the New York Giants, he ran for a 64-yard touchdown. The Ringer reports that touchdown was the first 60-plus yard run by a player 33 years or older since Jim Thorpe in 1921

At his age, he is still tough to bring down and still has the strength to run through defenders. His play this season has pushed his team to 5-2 and first place in the NFC East. Without his resurgence who knows where this team would be.

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