Adrian Peterson
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"Adrian Lewis Peterson" is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma Sooners football/Oklahoma. Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season/2004 season. As a unanimous first-team All-American, he became the first freshman to finish as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Peterson finished his college football career as the Sooners' third all-time leading rusher.

Following his first pro season, in which he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game (296), Peterson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was then awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl and became only the fifth player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 yards through his first two seasons. In 2010, he became the fifth fastest player to run for 5,000 yards, doing so in his 51st game.

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We're not going to be able to run the ball on every team. We're not going to be able to do that, ... We've got to establish a passing game, and I feel like once we do that, then this team might be unstoppable.

I don't know how you prepare for him. You have to pay notice to what he is. The game plan is different with each running back. We have to know which tailback is in the game.

Sometimes I sit back and think, 'Is this really happening?'

[There was media speculation last week that Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson was unhappy with the play-calling and the direction of the program. The suggestion that he might quit the team created such a minor sensation that Peterson, who hasn't spoken often to reporters this season, felt compelled to deny the reports.] I get upset because I'm competitive, ... But quit and walk off that team?

I get upset because I'm competitive. But quit and walk off that team? That's loony.

We're going to have to establish some form of a passing game, ... We just can't run it on everybody.

Sometimes it gets overwhelming.

I run to daylight when I see an opening.