When Adrian Peterson takes the field Sunday against the Houston Texans, it will be one day short of a year since he tore his ACL and MCL, an injury that would put most players' careers in jeopardy, but not Peterson.
Esteemed orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, who has performed surgeries on many of the world's top athletes, conducted Peterson's knee surgery. Andrews was amazed by what he saw. While Adrian laid on the operation table sedated, Andrews rushed to the observation room to tell his parents that it was the most phenomenal knee he has ever seen. Via Jeff Darlington of NFL.com:
"I can't believe it," Andrews told them, in a conversation recalled by Peterson's father, Nelson. "For this guy to have played as much football as he's played his whole life, and not to have hardly any wear and tear, it's incredible. I've never seen a football player, especially one who runs and cuts as much as he does, with a knee in that condition. It's like a newborn baby."
Hours after surgery, when Adrian woke up, doctors rushed to his room to see what he was doing. They told him he should lay in bed and rest, but if he really wanted to get up, he would need crutches. Adrian respectfully ignored their requests, rose from his bed and put both feet on the ground. No crutches, no support, just his two feet hours after major knee surgery.
That's Adrian Peterson.
Now, All Day as he is known, is running through the NFL and on pace to rewrite the record books. With Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record in sight, let's take a step back and quantify the spectacular year Peterson is having.