Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson completed one of the most remarkable comebacks in NFL history last season, as he came within nine yards of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record after tearing his ACL and MCL on Dec. 24, 2011.
However, as is often the case in sports these days, some were skeptical about how he made it back.
Unnamed Lions linebacker: "Whatever you were juicing on, let me know. I need it."
Peterson: "Man, it's a lot of prayer. The juice of God."
Peterson told Prisco that the Lions linebacker said Peterson's words touched him when the two teams met again later in the season.
Despite the fact that there are people out there attempting to question Peterson's livelihood, All Day told Prisco that he views the performance-enhancing drug talk surrounding him as a compliment.
To be honest with you, it makes me feel good when people say little stuff like that, and I'm sure it happens all the time. I guess I am performing that well that people think I'm juicing, that I am taking something. That really shows me how much God has blessed me to be able to come back and play the way I played. To me, it's a compliment (the PED talk). I've always been an honest person. I never cheated the system. I am big on taking advantage of my natural abilities and applying work ethic to it to be able to climb the highest level.
Peterson certainly climbed to the highest level and then some last season, as he turned in what was arguably the greatest season by a running back in NFL history. Not only did Peterson rush for 2,097 yards, but he also averaged six yards per carry, caught 40 passes and scored 16 total touchdowns.
AP was also named the NFL MVP and was selected to the Pro Bowl, as well as the All-Pro team. If not for the resurgence of quarterback Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos, Peterson may very well have won the Comeback Player of the Year award too.
Even if Peterson had accomplished all of that at full health, NFL fans would still be singing his praises. Returning from such a devastating injury in a matter of eight months and playing the best football of his career seemed like an impossibility for Peterson heading into the season, but he didn't allow that to stop him.
Since performance-enhancing drugs have been so prevalent in sports over the past 15 years or so, accusations will probably continue to be thrown in his direction. Peterson is at peace with the way he has conducted himself, though, and it's unlikely he will let those accusations affect him moving forward.
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