Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson, Get Better Soon

Colan LamontAnalyst IIMay 7, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is helped off the field after being injured in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Frank Gore and Jamal Lewis continued to be special NFL running backs after tearing their ACL.

Terrell Davis was around the same age as Adrian Peterson when he suffered an ACL tear. Unfortunately, he would not be able to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season again.

Peterson is a physical "freak" and I believe he will come back just as strong as before his ACL tear.

Peterson is the reason I became such a huge NFL fan. Although I sometimes watched the sport, it was in 2007 that I became a full-fledged fan. He was the reason.

Watching him produce one of the best rookie seasons ever; rushing for over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns amazed me. I will never forget watching him rushing for an NFL-record 296 yards against the San Diego Chargers.

Peterson is the best running back in the NFL.

Chris Johnson challenged him for that title a few years back and Arian Foster and Maurice Jones-Drew are contenders now. But Peterson still reigns supreme.

There is not a more complete runner in the league. He has size and strength comparable to the likes of Steven Jackson whilst also possessing 4.3 speed that only a few NFL running backs have.

Graceful and violent.

Two words that don't belong together. Yet they perfectly explain my feelings about his running style.

William Gay knows all too well about his violent side, experiencing a "linebacker shot" I'm sure he will never forget.

The reason I think Peterson will come back stronger than ever is because he has done it before. He endured several serious injuries during his collegiate days as an Oklahoma Sooner and he still managed to set numerous college records.

Gore is a favourite player of mine, and just as he has the right attitude to come back from injuries—so does Peterson. I have rarely seen him complain on the field and he strikes me as the type of person who plays the game because he loves it.

The 2012 NFL season is huge for a number of reasons. Both Peterson and Jamaal Charles are expected to return after their ACL injuries and I fully expect them both to return to their breathtaking form.

The Star Tribune reports that he is already running sprints only four months after his injury, a true testament to his desire.

Peterson will rush for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012. Book it.