Ian Johnson Will Always Haunt Adrian Peterson...Is That a Good Thing?
I am the No. 1 writer for the Atlanta Falcons, but I saw a story to write about that I just could not pass.
Every football fan remembers the historic Fiesta Bowl in 2007. Boise State Broncos upset the powerhouse that is the Oklahoma Sooners, 43-42 in OT. The game in many people's opinion was one of the best college games of all time and I am not one to disagree.
The game was full of tons of trick plays and amazing runs by the future Viking running backs (did I mention that the Vikings signed Ian Johnson). There was no time in which the running backs shined more then in overtime.
The overtime started with Peterson running for a touchdown on the first play. Then it was Johnson's time to shine. On fourth down, the Broncos scored a touchdown and then decided to go for two points and the win. Then the play that put Johnson in the books — The Statue of Liberty Play.
Johnson received the deceptive handoff and ran right into the end zone untouched. Right after Ian ran over to a cheerleader and proposed. She, of course, said yes.
None of this, however, is new. The new information is that Johnson now has to backup Peterson in Minnesota. So does Peterson get the last laugh? Well not quite.
Peterson may be the All-Pro running back of the Minnesota Vikings, but he still has to live with the fact that he lost his last collegiate game and now one of the main players on that squad is not only on his team, but he is at the same position.
Peterson has to help train the one man that sealed the biggest loss of his career. So what will be the effect? Resentment? Maybe motivation?
Could the signing of Johnson be more than the Vikings think? Yes. In this writer's opinion I would have to say that the presence of Johnson alone could push Peterson to new heights that could surprise everyone.
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