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Adrian Peterson

Adrian L. Peterson
Peterson at the 2008 Pro Bowl
NameAdrian Peterson
CaptionPeterson at the 2008 Pro Bowl
CurrentteamMinnesota Vikings
CurrentpositionRunning back
Birth DateMarch 21, 1985(age 32)
Birth PlacePalestine, Texas
DebutteamMinnesota Vikings
Pastteams * Minnesota Vikings (2007 present)
Highlights * Hall Trophy (2003) * ESPN RISE High School Football Player of the Decade (2000s) * College awards and honors * AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2007) * PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year (2007) * Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year (2007) *  4× Pro Bowl selection (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) * 4× All-Pro selection (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) * NFC Rushing Champion (2007) * NFL Rushing Title (2008) * Pro Bowl MVP (2008) * FedEx Ground Player of the Year Award (2008) * Bert Bell Award (2008) * NFL awards * NFL records
Statlabel1Rushing yards
Statlabel2Average rushing yards
Statlabel3Rushing TDs
Statlabel5Receiving yards
Statlabel6Receiving TDs

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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. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma.

While at Oklahoma, Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman during the 2004 season. As a 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 stellar 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. Currently, Peterson has the third highest average rushing yards per game total in NFL history (min. 50 games) with an average of 97.1, trailing Jim Brown (104.3) and Barry Sanders (99.8).

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