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Adrian Peterson
RB #23
Height:
6-1
Weight:
220
Age:
32
College:
Oklahoma
Hometown:
Palestine, TX
Experience:
11

Quick Stats (2017):

CAR
26
YDS
134
AVG
5.2
TDS
2
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFUMLost
TOTAL 2,471 11,962 4.8 82 99 243 1,949 8 63 5 40 23
2017 ARI 1 1 26 134 5.2 27T 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0
2017 NO 4 1 27 81 3 11 0 2 4 2 3 0 -- --
2016 MIN 3 3 37 72 1.9 13 0 3 8 2.7 7 0 1 1
2015 MIN 16 16 327 1,485 4.5 80T 11 30 222 7.4 49 0 7 3
2014 MIN 1 1 21 75 3.6 17 0 2 18 9 9 0 -- --
2013 MIN 14 14 279 1,266 4.5 78T 10 29 171 5.9 22 1 5 3
2012 MIN 16 16 348 2,097 6 82T 12 40 217 5.4 20 1 4 2
2011 MIN 12 12 208 970 4.7 54 12 18 139 7.7 22 1 1 0
2010 MIN 15 15 283 1,298 4.6 80T 12 36 341 9.5 34 1 1 1
2009 MIN 16 15 314 1,383 4.4 64T 18 43 436 10.1 63 0 7 6
2008 MIN 16 15 363 1,760 4.8 67T 10 21 125 6 16 0 9 4
2007 MIN 14 9 238 1,341 5.6 73T 12 19 268 14.1 60T 1 4 3
Recent Games
WKOppResultRushingReceivingFumbles
AttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @MIN L 19-29 6 18 3 9 0 0 0 -- -- 0 -- --
2 @NO W 36-20 8 26 3.3 6 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @CAR W 34-13 9 33 3.7 11 0 2 4 2 3 0 -- --
4 @MIA W 20-0 4 4 1 4 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 TB W 38-33 26 134 5.2 27 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

  • Drafted by the Vikings with the seventh overall selection in 2007, Peterson has been named to more Pro Bowls (7) than any other active running back in the NFL. He has also been named first-team All-Pro four times.
  • From 2007-16, Peterson led the NFL in rushing yards (11,747), rushing TDs (97) and 100-yard rushing games (49).
  • He has rushed for 1,000+ yards in a season seven times, including in 2008 (1,760 yards), 2012 (2,097 yards) and 2015 (1,485 yards) when he led the NFL in rushing. His seven 1,000-yard seasons are the second most among active players (Frank Gore-9).
  • He was named the Associated Press NFL MVP in 2012 after rushing for 2,097 yards and 12 TDs, the only non-QB to win the award in the last 10 seasons. His 2,097 rushing yards that season rank as the second-highest single-season total in NFL history (2,105 – Eric Dickerson, 1984).
  • Entering 2017, his 102 total TDs (97 rushing, 5 receiving) ranked third among active NFL players behind Chargers TE Antonio Gates (111) and Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (104).
  • In just his eighth career game, he set the NFL single-game rushing mark with 296 rushing yards vs. San Diego in his rookie season (2007). He went on to earn NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. 
  • Entering 2017, his average of 93.1 rushing yards per game ranked third in NFL history among players with a minimum of 100 career games. Only Jim Brown (104.3) and Barry Sanders (99.8) averaged more rushing yards per game than Peterson in his career.
  • Peterson’s 18 career games with 150+ rushing yards are tied with Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Emmitt Smith for third in NFL history behind only Barry Sanders (25) and Walter Payton (20). He tied Earl Campbell’s NFL single-season record with seven 150-yard outputs in 2012.
  • He has six career games with 200+ rushing yards, tied with Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson for the most in NFL history.

NoteCARDS:

  • Drafted by the Vikings with the seventh overall selection in 2007, Peterson has been named to more Pro Bowls (7) than any other active running back in the NFL. He has also been named first-team All-Pro four times.
  • From 2007-16, Peterson led the NFL in rushing yards (11,747), rushing TDs (97) and 100-yard rushing games (49).
  • He has rushed for 1,000+ yards in a season seven times, including in 2008 (1,760 yards), 2012 (2,097 yards) and 2015 (1,485 yards) when he led the NFL in rushing. His seven 1,000-yard seasons are the second most among active players (Frank Gore-9).
  • He was named the Associated Press NFL MVP in 2012 after rushing for 2,097 yards and 12 TDs, the only non-QB to win the award in the last 10 seasons. His 2,097 rushing yards that season rank as the second-highest single-season total in NFL history (2,105 – Eric Dickerson, 1984).
  • Entering 2017, his 102 total TDs (97 rushing, 5 receiving) ranked third among active NFL players behind Chargers TE Antonio Gates (111) and Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (104).
  • In just his eighth career game, he set the NFL single-game rushing mark with 296 rushing yards vs. San Diego in his rookie season (2007). He went on to earn NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. 
  • Entering 2017, his average of 93.1 rushing yards per game ranked third in NFL history among players with a minimum of 100 career games. Only Jim Brown (104.3) and Barry Sanders (99.8) averaged more rushing yards per game than Peterson in his career.
  • Peterson’s 18 career games with 150+ rushing yards are tied with Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Emmitt Smith for third in NFL history behind only Barry Sanders (25) and Walter Payton (20). He tied Earl Campbell’s NFL single-season record with seven 150-yard outputs in 2012.
  • He has six career games with 200+ rushing yards, tied with Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson for the most in NFL history.

Pro Career:

Originally selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Signed a six-year extension with the Vikings on 9/10/11. Signed with the New Orleans Saints on 4/25/17 and was traded to the Cardinals for an undisclosed 2018 NFL Draft pick on 10/10/17.

2016: Played just three games (all starts) due to injury and totaled 72 yards on 37 carries and eight yards on three receptions … inactive (knee, groin) at GB (12/24) and vs. Chi (1/1/17) … activated from injured reserve on 12/17 and returned to action with 22 yards on six carries and a one-yard reception vs. Ind (12/18) … had 12 carries for 19 yards before leaving with a torn meniscus vs. GB (9/18).

2015: Led the NFL in rushing (1,485 yards) for the third time in his career, earning first-team All-Pro, Pro Bowl and FedEx Ground Player of the Year honors … tied for the NFL lead with 11 rushing TDs and ranked third with 1,707 scrimmage yards … totaled a season-best 203 yards @ Oak (11/15), his sixth career 200-yard output, tying O.J. Simpson for the most in NFL history … gained 100 rushing yards in a game seven times, marking the fourth highest single-season total in Vikings history.

2014: Appeared in one game, rushing for 75 yards on 21 carries and catching two passes for 18 yards @ StL (9/7) … placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List on 9/17 and was suspended indefinitely on 11/18.

2013: Rushed for 1,266 yards and 10 TDs on 279 carries and posted 171 yards and one TD on 29 receptions in 14 games (all starts), earning second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl accolades … totaled 1,000+ rushing yards for the sixth time in his career and had 10+ rushing TDs for the seventh straight season … matched his career high with three TDs (two rushing and one receiving) in the season-opener @ Det (9/8); scored on a 78-yard run on the first offensive play of the game against the Lions, setting an NFL record for the longest TD run on a player’s first carry in a season since the 1970 merger … notched a pair of rushing TDs (60 and seven yards) and 140 yards vs. Pit (9/29) in London … carried the ball 25 times for 140 yards and one TD @ Dal (11/3) ... rushed for 146 yards and one TD @ GB (11/24) … surpassed 10,000 career rushing yards with 211 yards (season high) on 35 carries (career high) vs. Chi (12/1).

2012: Returned from offseason knee surgery to rush for 2,097 yards (second most in NFL history) and 12 TDs on 348 carries (6.0 avg.), earning NFL MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Pro honors … tied his own team record with 10 100-yard rushing performances, including two 200-yard outputs, on the season … matched Earl Campbell’s NFL record (set in 1980) with seven 150-yard rushing games and tied Barry Sanders’ NFL record (set in 1997) with seven runs of 50+ yards … established an NFL record for most rushing yards in a month with 861 in December … broke the Vikings career rushing yardage record with 84 yards on 17 carries in the season-opener vs. Jax (9/9) … had a career-long 82-yard TD run in a pair of games, @ GB (12/2) and @ StL (12/16).

2011: Totaled 970 yards and 12 TDs (third in the NFL) on 208 carries and 139 yards and one TD on 18 receptions in 12 games (all starts) … scored his 53rd rushing TD on a one-yard plunge vs. TB (9/18), breaking the Vikings career rushing TDs record … missed three games after suffering an ankle injury vs. Oak (11/20) and suffered a season-ending knee injury vs. Was (12/24) … tied a franchise record with a career-high three rushing TDs vs. Ari (10/9); named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his performance against the Cardinals … gained a season-best 175 rushing yards vs. GB (10/23).

2010: Played in 15 games (all starts) and carried the ball 283 times for 1,298 yards (sixth in franchise history) and 12 TDs (tied for fifth), earning his fourth trip to the Pro Bowl … had five 100-yard rushing performances on the season … posted 160 yards and two TDs, including an 80-yard scoring run, vs. Det (9/26) … scored three rushing TDs for the fourth time in his career vs. Buf (12/5) … had a streak of 350 offensive touches without a fumble (11/29/09-12/28/10), the 2nd-longest streak in Vikings history

2009: Ran for 1,383 yards (second in the NFC) and a career-high 18 TDs on 314 carries, earning first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl recognition … also had 436 yards on 43 catches, both career highs … set a Vikings record and led all NFL position players with 18 rushing TDs … paired with Sidney Rice to form the NFC’s top rushing-receiving tandem with a combined 2,695 yards (1,383 rushing and 1,312 receiving) … set a Vikings opening-day record with 180 yards rushing @ Cle (9/13) … set a postseason franchise record with three rushing TDs @ NO (1/24/10), which also tied the team record for the most overall TDs in a playoff game.

2008: Led the NFL in rushing with a single-season franchise-record 1,760 yards (since broken), becoming the first Vikings RB to lead the league in rushing … received the Maxwell Club’s Bert Bell Player of the Year, first-team All-Pro, Pro Bowl and team MVP honors … set team records with 10 100-yard rushing games and 363 carries … ran for 192 yards and one TD on 30 carries vs. GB (11/9), earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week and FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Packers … also earned FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors for games vs. Hou (11/2) and @ Ari (12/14).

2007: Earned Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl MVP during his record-breaking rookie campaign … led the NFC and ranked second in the NFL with 1,341 rushing yards … helped the Vikings total a franchise-record and NFL-leading 2,634 rushing yards … set an NFL single-game record with 296 rushing yards vs. SD (11/4), previously held by Jamal Lewis (295) … posted the top-two single-game rushing performances in franchise history with 224 yards @ Chi (10/14) and 296 yards vs. SD (11/4).

College:

Played in 31 games in three years (2004-06) where he was a three-time first-team All-Big 12 honoree, first-team All-American (2004) and Heisman Trophy runner-up (2004) … became the first Sooner true freshman to earn first-team All-American honors and the first true freshman on the team since 1996 (Dre Bly) … rushed for 1,925 yards in 2004, breaking the NCAA freshman rushing record (Ron Dayne – 2,109 in 1996) and the single-season school record (Billy Sims – 1,896 in 1978) … third in school history (Billy Sims and Joe Washington) with 4,045 rushing yards and fourth with 41 rushing TDs ... broke the 100-yard mark 22 times in 31 career games.

Personal:

Prepped at Palestine (TX) High School, where he was the consensus National Player of the Year as a senior in 2003 … rushed for 2,960 yards and 32 TDs as a senior and 2,051 yards and 22 TDs as a junior … named to Army All-America Game and given Hall Trophy as Army National Player of the Year ... also competed in basketball and track ... trains at his 35,000-square-foot gym, O Athletik, that he opened in Houston … has taken mission trips to Africa with other NFL stars in recent offseasons, working with Starkey Hearing to provide hearing aids to disadvantaged children and adults … works with youth through his All Day Foundation, with the motto “Giving Back Every Day, All Day” ... has hosted Special Olympics of Minnesota Punt, Pass and Kick events at the Vikings training facility ... mom, Bonita Jackson, was a track and field star and father, Nelson Peterson, was a collegiate basketball player at Idaho State ... his uncle, Ivory Lee Brown, played RB for the Phoenix Cardinals during the 1991-92 seasons ... sponsors the AD Elite team, an AAU girls basketball team in Texas ... majored in sociology ... wife, Ashley.

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