Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985), nicknamed "A. D." (for "All Day"), and "Purple Jesus", is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Peterson was selected by the Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Peterson played college football for the University of Oklahoma, and set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman during the 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, behind USC quarterback Matt Leinart. 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. In 2012, Peterson became the sixth fastest player to reach 8,000 rushing yards.
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... featured emerging superstar running back Adrian Peterson, but inexperienced Tarvaris Jackson had taken over at quarterback late in the year and would start in the playoffs ... The Vikings struck in the second quarter when running back Adrian Peterson broke a 40-yard touchdown run to the left, giving Minnesota a 7–6 lead ... Peterson carried it in 3 yards for a touchdown late in the half to make the score 16–14 Eagles ...
... Peterson has a half-brother named Jaylon Brown who currently plays football at Klein Oak High School in Texas as its running back ... Peterson's brother Brian, older by one year, was killed by a drunk driver when Peterson was seven another half-brother was murdered the night before Peterson ... In an episode of E60 All Day, ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols states that Peterson has two children, including a daughter named Adeja ...
... the 2006 NFL season, the Vikings selected prized running back Adrian Peterson out of the University of Oklahoma, who led the Sooners to the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ... Peterson made his Vikings regular season debut on September 9, catching a 60-yard screen pass from Tarvaris Jackson that went into the endzone for a touchdown against the troubled Atlanta ... In Week 9, at home to the San Diego Chargers, Adrian Peterson set a new single-game rushing record with 296 yards, breaking Jamal Lewis' record set on September 14, 2003 (against the Cleveland Browns) ...
... Q3 - CHI - 729 - Adrian Peterson 6 yd TD run (Gould kick) (CHI 17-10) Q4 - CHI - 006 - Robbie Gould 28 yd FG (CHI 20-17) Due to damage from Hurricane Katrina to the Louisiana Superdome, the Saints were forced to host ... In the second half, Adrian Peterson gave the Bears the lead on a 6 yard run, which was countered with Brooks scoring on a 1 yard touchdown run in the fourth ... back Thomas Jones went out with an injury, but his backups Adrian Peterson and Cedric Benson would combine for 137 points and a touchdown ...
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