Adrian Peterson Reiterates That PED Accusations Are a Compliment
After Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's seemingly miraculous recovery from a torn ACL and MCL last year, there were inevitably whispers about potential performance-enhancing drug usage. While Peterson maintains that he doesn't take any shortcuts, he is flattered that some people believe he does, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today.
While many professional athletes take a defensive stance when they are accused of artificially enhancing their performance, Peterson has a different view of things:
When you know you don't do it, and someone's saying you do, you're like, 'Wow. They think I'm on HGH? I'm doing that good? Well, hoo! Thank you, Jesus!' It's a compliment. I don't get mad about it at all.
Peterson's quick bounce back from a significant knee injury has been well-documented, as he had one of the all-time greatest seasons by a running back in NFL history last year. Peterson fell just nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, running for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to winning the NFL MVP Award.
There were major questions about whether Peterson would be ready for the start of the 2012 season, but he proved his detractors wrong in a big way. Peterson suffered the injury in Week 16 of the 2011 NFL season but was able to return for Week 1 of the 2012 campaign, so he missed just one game despite the fact that ACL tears often cost players entire seasons.
Should Peterson be offended by PED accusations?
This isn't the first time that Peterson has said he views PED suspicions as a compliment. According to Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, an unnamed Detroit Lions linebacker asked Peterson what he used to get back in action so quickly. Rather than getting steamed by the question, though, Peterson took it in stride.
Performance-enhancing drugs have been in the news a lot lately due to the issues that Major League Baseball has had and the fact that the NFL is trying to institute a testing policy for human growth hormone. According to Pelissero, the league is in the process of making it a reality, but fans and players will continue to be suspicious of guys like Peterson until it comes to fruition.
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