Madden NFL 25 Unlockable Players: Adrian Peterson

Kevin W. Ryan@@kevry88Contributor IIISeptember 17, 2013

Madden NFL 25 Unlockable Players: Adrian Peterson

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    Following the release of the new Madden NFL 25 video game, we will be breaking down the careers of some of the game's "unlockable content"—which includes Hall of Famers like Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Reggie White and even past legends like Otto Graham and Sammy Baugh.  

    Aside from the unlockable Hall of Fame talent, there are some current players from older versions of the Madden video game that are also unlockable—superstars like Adrian Peterson

    Here is a complete profile of this season's unanimous No. 1 overall fantasy pick, Adrian Peterson...enjoy.


All Day

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    Adrian Peterson, aka "All Day," was drafted No. 7 overall in the 2007 NFL draft after three incredible seasons with coach Bob Stoops at the University of Oklahoma.

    Peterson took home the 2007 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award after rushing for over 1,300 yards, with his breakout game coming against the division rival Chicago Bears. He finished the day with a 67-yard, 78-yard and 35-yard touchdown rushes—totaling 224 yards on the day.    

    Peterson has made an All-Pro team each year he's been healthy in the league—three first-team (2008, 2009, 2012) and two second-team honors (2007, 2010). 

    Peterson's career closely resembles that of the great Barry Sanders due to their shared explosive speed and agility that literally carries their respective franchise. Peterson, like Sanders in Detroit, has yet to have a true playoff-caliber team surrounding him.  


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    Peterson has made an All-Pro team each year he's been healthy in the league—three first-team (2008, 2009, 2012) and two second-team honors (2007, 2010). 

    On top of the All-Pro honors, Peterson holds nine NFL records, 12 Viking franchise records and two Pro Bowl records. 

    His most impressive achievement thus far was winning the 2012 NFL MVP over Denver Broncos quarterback, and future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning—all after coming back from a devastating knee injury that he suffered at the end of the 2011 season. 




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    Adrian Peterson is without a doubt the best player in the NFL today, and these highlights are a perfect example as to why.

    According to his interview with Rachel Nichols, Peterson's goal during his time in the NFL is to become the NFL's greatest player ever.

    As Rachel Nichols clarifies, not the best running back in NFL history—his goal is to become the greatest player to ever play the game of football. 


Sooner Country

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    The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, was the first freshman to ever win the award. 

    Way back in 2004, freshman running back Adrian Peterson set numerous NCAA rushing records and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind USC's Matt Leinart. 

    AP broke the single-season rushing record in his freshman year at Oklahoma after finishing the 2004 campaign with 1,925 yards on the league's most carries (339). 

    Peterson missed four games in his sophomore season, and was forced to deal with some unfortunate drama during his junior season. 

    Peterson finished the 2006 season with 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns and helped lead the Oklahoma Sooners to the Fiesta Bowl against America's sweetheart Boise State. That 2007 Fiesta Bowl game would go down as one of the most exciting games in football history. 


"Superhuman" Comeback

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    During Week 16 of the 2011 NFL season, Peterson suffered a devastating ACL tear that many thought would leave him sidelined for the majority of the 2012 season. 

    Remarkably, Peterson rehabbed at a "superhuman" speed and played the entire 2012 NFL season for the Vikings as if nothing had ever happened. 

    As these diehard Viking fans point out, Peterson finished the 2012 campaign just nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's all-time single-season rushing record of 2,015 yards. 



A New Rushing Champion

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    According to Peterson, the 2013 NFL season will conlude with a new all-time single-season rushing champion. 

    In an interview with Sports Illustrated, AP guaranteed he will break the single-season rushing record—which means he plans to average over 156 yards per game this season. 

    Peterson got off to an incredible start after he took his first carry in 2013 straight through the Lions defense for an incredible 78-yard touchdown. 

    After that ridiculous 78-yard touchdown run on the first play of the season it is safe to say that Peterson is the most lethal man in football and is capable of achieving whatever he dreams of. 

Eric Dickerson Chimes in

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    The NFL's single-season rushing champion, and arguably one of the best running backs to ever play the game of football, Eric Dickerson is the No. 1 target for Adrian Peterson in 2013.  

    Personally, I loved the fact that Dickerson openly stated last season that he was not pulling for Peterson to break his single-season rushing record. He was very kind with his words commending Peterson's incredible season; however, he stated that he wanted to own the single-season record for as long as possible.

    More recently, Dickerson said that Peterson will "see a lot of eight and nine-man fronts" and that defenses will "dare (Christian) Ponder to throw the ball."



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    Adrian Peterson is the greatest Minnesota Viking since Fran Tarkenton, and when it is all said and done, it is very likely that he will in fact be the greatest football player to wear a Minnesota Vikings uniform. 

    During his six seasons in Minnesota, Peterson has set 12 franchise records including single-season rushing touchdowns and yards, as well as career touchdowns, yards and carries. 

    Aside from shattering nearly every Viking rushing record, AP has set nine NFL records including single-game rushing yards (296), most touchdown runs over 60 yards (10) and most rushing yards over any eight-game stretch (1,322).