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Stop me if you think I'm putting Adrian Peterson too high on this list. I mean, I am putting him in front of a Hall of Famer (McDonald) and a guy who has over 13,000 all-purpose yards (Pruitt), but I think Peterson is an exception.
While Peterson isn't as decorated as some on this list, he has had a better five-year career in the NFL than most players have in their entire career. He has already made four Pro Bowls and was on his way to his fifth before tearing both his ACL and MCL in a game against the Washington Redskins this past season.
Due to the season-ending injury, this past season was the first time Peterson hasn't recorded 1,000 rushing yards. Instead, he finished just shy with 970 yards in 12 games.
In college, Peterson looked like a man amongst boys, and upon entering the NFL, that trend continued. There hasn't been a better running back in the NFL since his rookie debut in 2007, and the fact that the Vikings haven't gone to a "running back by committee" style of offense really speaks highly to Peterson's workhorse-type efforts.
In just five years, Peterson has already rushed for 6,752 yards (more than any running back on this list), caught 137 passes for 1,309 yards and managed a total of 67 touchdowns.
Peterson was named the 2007 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and the 2008 NFL Bert Bell Award winner.
Here's hoping that AD comes back next season with no lingering injuries, because he has a long, productive career waiting for him.