- NAME: Adrian Peterson
- OCCUPATION: Football Player
- BIRTH DATE: March 21, 1985 (Age: 28)
- EDUCATION: Palestine High School, University of Oklahoma
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Palestine, Texas
- Full Name: Adrian Lewis Peterson
- AKA: Adrian Peterson
- Nickname: "All Day"
- Nickname: A.D.
- Nickname: "Purple Jesus"
- Nickname: A.P.
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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American football player Adrian Peterson returned from a serious leg injury to challenge the single-season rushing record and win the NFL MVP Award in 2012.
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Left off the Pro Bowl roster for the first time, he faced serious questions about whether he could regain his prime athletic form.
Peterson underwent surgery on December 30, 2011, and was relentless in his rehabilitation. Despite earlier predictions that he would miss at least half of the 2012 NFL season, he not only made it back for opening day, but also wound up mounting a serious challenge to Eric Dickerson's 28-year-old single-season record of 2,105 rushing yards.
Peterson began a string of eight straight 100-yard rushing games in Week 7, topping the 200-yard mark in two of the final three games of that stretch. Entering the final game of the season, he needed to gain 208 yards against the Green Bay Packers to surpass Dickerson's mark. Peterson finished the day with 199, leaving him just short of the record, but his 26-yard run late in the fourth quarter set up a game-winning field goal that propelled Minnesota into the playoffs.
Peterson was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player for his efforts. Afterward, it was revealed that the superstar running back had played much of the second half with a painful sports hernia, making the accomplishments of his amazing comeback season even more impressive.
Peterson faced more family tragedy in October 2013: A 2-year-old son of the running back died on October 11, 2013, the victim of alleged abuse by 27-year-old Joseph Robert Patterson, who was dating the boy's mother, police reported. The child had been living with his mother in South Dakota at the time, and was pronounced dead at a Sioux Falls hospital, according to reports. Prior to the incident, Joseph Patterson had been charged with aggravated assault on an infant. Following the incident, Patterson was arrested on felony battery and assault charges in the child's death, and further charges are being considered, according to Sioux Falls police.
Following the news of his son's death, Peterson posted a statement on his Twitter account: "Thank you to my family, my fans and fans of other teams for their support. The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players. God Bless everyone and thank u so much," the running back tweeted (in three separate posts).
To the shock of many fans and news outlets, Peterson decided to play in the Vikings game against the North Carolina Panthers on Sunday, October 13, just two days after his son's tragic death. "I never thought about not playing," the running back stated after the game, according to CNN. "It was all about going out there and praying that I had the strength to get through and help my team, so that was my focus." Peterson finished the game with a season-low 62 yards on 10 carries, and 21 yards on three receptions.
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