Some superheroes are born with their super powers, like Superman. Other heroes gain their powers after being transformed by some substance, like the Hulk or Spiderman. Adrian Peterson wants everyone to know that his superhuman ability to quickly heal falls in the former camp.
According to the star runner, some people have speculated that he may have used HGH to aid in his insanely fast recovery from a torn ACL in 2011 before rushing for 2,097 yards and 13 total touchdowns last season on his way to earning the league's MVP award.
Not only does he want to set the record straight, he wants to do so by seeing HGH testing implemented in the NFL.
From Kevin Seifert of ESPN:
Adrian Peterson said he is looking forward to HGH testing in NFL in part to prove he is clean. Has heard speculation.— Kevin Seifert (@espn_nfcnblog) July 26, 2013
Peterson also said he is certain other players have used HGH and wants to see the playing field leveled.— Kevin Seifert (@espn_nfcnblog) July 26, 2013
Finally, Peterson said he takes speculation that he used HGH in knee recovery a compliment b/c he knows he used nothing.— Kevin Seifert (@espn_nfcnblog) July 26, 2013
It would appear the NFL and NFLPA are closer to implementing an HGH testing program, having agreed to a population study on Monday, according to Brian McIntyre of Shutdown Corner, so Peterson may soon enough get his wish.
It's not a surprise that some folks have speculated that Peterson may have aided his recovery process with HGH. At this point in the sporting landscape, anytime a player does something unexpected, whispers of steroid use will soon follow.
Look no further than Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, who has already hit 37 home runs with 97 RBI this season. Never mind that he hit 33 dingers last year—speculation has already surfaced that he may be juicing.
But Peterson has always been a freak, and his recovery never seemed outside the realm of his possibility. As football players go, he's always been Wolverine, or at least he has Wolverine's healing power.
So Peterson says bring on the testing, bub.