Who's best running back? Peterson won't go there

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG and DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: October 5, 2012 - 6:46 AM
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thetruthincOct. 4, 1211:54 PM

Peterson knows not to "go there" when talking about who's the "best running back for a number of reasons. First, when it was his chance to shine on the big stage in the 2010 NFC Championship game in New Orleans he fumbled the ball four times and cost his team the game with one of those fumbles which came right before the half on a routine hand-off from Favre. He also knows that was his one and only chance at going to the Super Bowl and he choked. The real "best" running backs in the NFL don't do that!!! When it is his time to retire he will be joining the ranks of O.J, Sanders, Campbell, Dickerson etc..., all were great statistical running backs but no Super Bowl ring!!!! Congrats A.P., you are well on your way to joining the viking's "Ring of Honor" with all the other retired vikings that never won the big one!!!

firefly70Oct. 5, 12 1:39 AM

"When it is his time to retire he will be joining the ranks of O.J, Sanders, Campbell, Dickerson etc":__ He!He!He! Amusing comment. Is that actually supposed to be a slam on Adrian Peterson? Comparing him to the likes of O.J., Barry Sanders, Earl Campbell, and Eric Dickerson?? One can only hope he will join the ranks of these great running backs. Amusing that ALL of the running backs you happened to mention are IN THE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. If winning the Super Bowl is the main criteria for defining a running back (or ANY player I presume by your reasoning) as being the best, then I don't know how the Hall of Fame could be SOOO mistaken about Barry Sanders, Eric Dickerson, O.J. Simpson, and Earl Campbell. And Floyd Little, Leroy Kelly, Curtis Martin, or Thurman Thomas clearly do not deserve to be considered among the best and therefor do NOT deserve to be in the HOF. And I'm not sure how the NFL HOF has missed the boat on Edgar Bennett, since has won a Super Bowl; he should be considered one of the best (in spite of only having rushed for LESS than 4,000 yards in his entire 7-year career, and having only ONE season of over 1000 yards rushing - awesome). Same with Antowain Smith (huh? Who is he?). Clearly he is one of the best despite having rushed for only 6881 yards in his 9-year career and having only had TWO season of more than 1000 yards. Adrian Peterson, with over 7000 yards already in basically 6 seasons, is clearly inferior to these two mentioned. yeah, I'm sure most of the other head coaches for the other 31 teams would refuse to take Adrian Peterson if he was offered to them.

firefly70Oct. 5, 12 2:17 AM

"when it was his chance to shine on the big stage in the 2010 NFC Championship game... cost his team the game":__ Right. So his 122 yards rushing with THREE touchdowns was a very poor performance. And nevermind that the Vikings TEAM was called for a 12-men-in-the-huddle penalty AFTER a timeout when they were within field goal range with 19 seconds in regulation. And nevermind that Brett Favre threw an interception (his second of the game) on the ensuing play so the Vikings didn't even get a chance to try for a long field goal. And nevermind the Vikings as a TEAM fumbled SIX times, with one of the fumbles by Percy Harvin. And nevermind that the fumble by Harvin led directly to a New Orleans TD score. Of course the game was lost entirely due to Adrian Peterson. Final note, Adrian fumbled 3 times (if you include the missed hand-off from Favre), not 4; with only the goal-line fumble lost to the Saints. Amusing revisionist history that some people engage in.

raymodjOct. 5, 12 5:19 AM

All I know about Peterson is that he's dedicated to being the best running back he can be. I need no further proof than how dedicated he was and how hard he worked to come back from that injury. I wouldn't trade him for any other running back in the league. Here's another truth, inc. Why do some fans of some other teams feel such a deep need to come here to flame against any and all things Vikings? I mean, some of these 'other teams' have even won a couple superbowls, yet their fans still have such an inferiority complex! Here's another truth: I don't ever go to out of state newspapers to rage against their hometown teams. I mean after all, what's the point?

PikeGraphicsOct. 5, 1210:24 AM

The BEST don't have to say they're the BEST = i.e. Adrian Peterson! Adrian will totally SCHOOL Chris Johnson and let his on the field performance speak for itself. Johnson is a loud mouth human where Adrian Peterson is a quiet CYBORG!

BCanniffOct. 5, 12 3:02 PM

No debate necessary. It is Peterson. He is the best back of his generation no one else even compares.

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