Souhan: If Peterson's season isn't greatest in state history, it's close

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2013 - 1:56 PM

There have been many outstanding performances by Minnesota sports stars -- Kirby Puckett, Kevin Garnett, Alan Page, to name but a few -- but the Vikings' phenomenal running back is eclipsing them with his 2,000-yard season.

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godtlaJan. 3, 1310:02 PM

Great perspective, Jim. Thanks also for checking in with such well-respected MN sports figures.

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wisstinks4Jan. 3, 1310:58 PM

The best part about AP is he is a good guy, humble, modest, just wants to win a super bowl for us. If we get a defense and a WR, CB this team could go far. Maybe even this year. AP=Purple Jesus, help him reach the promise land, the Super Bowl title he richly deserves.

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rudo1212Jan. 3, 1311:08 PM

AP has the rare combination of exceptional talent and exceptional drive. Just one of those traits can make a great player. Put 'em in one package and you've got a superstar.

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lindy_frank123Jan. 4, 1312:33 AM

@wisstinks4 enough of the purple jesus...gee already..you don't need to talk about jesus and the promised land....he's not that high and mighty in fact he's a man of faith...and I don't think he'd appreciate it/that purple jesus crap...just stop it for Adrian's sake..

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oxboardJan. 4, 13 5:07 AM

sick of hearing about Peterson already, and I'm sure the rest of the team is too, if it weren't' for the offensive line, Peterson would just be a better than most back.

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JMeteskeyJan. 4, 13 7:28 AM

Been pondering this question for weeks. For now, it's got to be the guy with the two World Series rings and a World Series MVP, Kirby Puckett. But if the Vikings win 4 more games, it'll be Peterson all the way. Whatever fame Adrian has now, will be elevated exponentially with a Super Bowl win. Probably the same for the rest of the team. 4 more wins, they become legends like they've never known. They can do it! Skol Vikings!!!

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matthewJamesJan. 4, 13 9:32 AM

Kirby is second. AP is the man. Think it all the way through and it has to be AP.

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callmestupidJan. 4, 13 9:53 AM

if you want to talk stats in regular season it's AP but 1987 Kirby ended it with a WS championship and even though 1991 wasn't great stats wise when it comes to Kirby we all know what he did in the WS, especially to get it to game 7, Morris pitched rediculous but Kirby should have been co MVP at the very least

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nevetscatJan. 4, 13 9:53 AM

Wonder when an UnderArmor or Nike or someone will pick him up for something big?

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bobajoulJan. 4, 1310:09 AM

I would have to break it into sports, because we have had several dominant performances that I have been fortunate to see. Vikings, I would say Page's MVP season and AP. Baseball, Carew's 388 season hands down. He could do anything he wanted, which is the criteria for football, as well. Basketball- KG period. In football, Page dominated the game from a defensive line position. I remember the Chicago game where the offense was putrid and he had three consecutive plays that drove the Bears back out of potential game winning position, he carried the team. Moss was less dominant because we had Smith and Carter, but he could be unstoppable, likely when he felt like it. AP has dominated like a man among boys. Incredible year. But I think all three are high on the list because they rose above the level of the team to carry the team. Similarly, Carew could do anything he wanted. I vividly remember a late August game at the old Met I went to, he went 4-5, stole home and had a triple. He could do whatever he wanted that night, regardless of pitching or defense. And I believe he got his average above 420 or 430 late in August- absolutely dominating and a magical night. A privilege to watch, much like Page and AP.

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