Adrian Peterson Speaks Out on Brett Favre Situation

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been very quiet about quarterback Brett Favre and his possibility unretiring for a second time to sign with the Vikings.

Until now.

Peterson, in a recent interview with ESPN, talked about the possibility of Favre coming to Minnesota and how he admires his passion.

”I know it’s a possibility, so just him coming in, just the leadership he would definitely bring," Peterson said. "A guy that’s well respected, been around the league a long time. I’m a big fan of him. I grew up watching him and just loving the passion he played with. That would be something he would definitely bring to the locker room.”

When it comes to Favre, Peterson admits that even he can't get away from the media frenzy.

”I really haven’t been trying to focus too much on it. I love watching the sports channels, so it’s always on there. But other than that I’ve really just been focused on getting my body right and doing the things I need to do to be able to contribute to the team this year," said Peterson.

Even if Favre doesn't return as a Viking, Peterson said he has confidence in Tarvaris Jackson to be the starting quarterback this season.

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”I’m so confident in Tarvaris," said Peterson. "Really haven’t seen too much of Sage but Tarvaris has got all the talent. He’s got everything. He’s got a good arm, is talented. He’s got everything it takes to make it in this league. So, I know he’s been doing a lot this offseason to get his body right, his mind right. Most importantly to be able to come out and get the starting job.”

It sounds like Peterson would be happy to have a veteran leader like Brett Favre under center but also thinks Jackson can be an effective starter for the Vikings.

Either way, Peterson will look to repeat as the NFL's leading rusher in 2009 and guide Minnesota to it's first Super Bowl appearance since 1977.

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