Adrian Peterson says he’d ‘give up everything’ to win a Super Bowl
Adrian Peterson has enjoyed countless accolades for his incomparable individual achievements on the football field during his seven years as running back with the Minnesota Vikings, a still-relevant career that already has established him as arguably one of the greatest running backs of all-time.
But he’d be willing to trade it all in, the awards, the superstar stats, everything, for just one thing: A Super Bowl title.
“I’d give up everything,” Peterson told the Pioneer Press during an interview this week. “MVP, 2,000 yards in a season, Rookie of the Year. Every accomplishment I’ve ever had, I’d trade for a Super Bowl. Hands down. And that Super Bowl season, even if I couldn’t get 1,000 yards, if I could win a Super Bowl, I would trade it.”
Peterson secured the Rookie of the Year Award for his 2009 campaign when the bruising running back burst onto the NFL scene by rushing for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns. The MVP Award came in 2012, when he came up just short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record with 2,097 yards.
But playoff success for the Vikings during Peterson’s tenure has been elusive. The team has made the playoffs three times, coming tantalizingly close to a Super Bowl berth following the 2009 season, when Brett Favre and Peterson led the team to the NFC Championship Game, a heartbreaking loss to the New Orleans Saints.
In three playoff appearances, the Vikings have won only one game, a blowout win at home over the Dallas Cowboys that got them to New Orleans. Other than that, the postseason has been a real downer for Peterson.
“It’s been frustrating,” he said. “Especially when you put in a lot of work and think about two-a-days. You think about (training) camp and all the time you invest into that ultimate goal, and then when you don’t even touch the playoffs or you’re out in the first week, it’s tough.
“That’s hard on anyone. So it’s been tough, but that’s why we made the switches. That’s why we brought in guys to help change that.”
As the Pioneer Press notes, the main change in personnel is on the coaching side of the team with Mike Zimmer and his staff replacing the Leslie Frazier regime. But the Vikings have drafted well over the past few seasons.
With general manager Rick Spielman running the show, the Vikings have had an influx of young talent, including wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, defensive tackle Shariff Floyd and cornerback Xavier Rhodes highlighting last year’s draft, three players who could turn out to be big stars.
This season, the Vikings drafted linebacker Anthony Barr and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, both of whom should have a lasting impact on the roster for years to come.
The Vikings have gone 54-57-1 in the regular season since Peterson has arrived, but with young players coming into their own, perhaps the team once again is headed in the right direction and will get back over .500 sooner rather than later.
Until then, Peterson is keeping his eyes on the prize. Despite Jerry Jones claiming this week that Peterson said he would like to play for the Dallas Cowboys, the running back insists he wants to finish his career as a Minnesota Viking.
More than that, he hopes to deliver a Super Bowl championship to the franchise, perhaps even in February 2018, when the Super Bowl will visit the Twin Cities and be held in the team’s new $1 billion stadium.
“That’s definitely one of the things that crosses your mind,” Peterson said, who would be 32, up there in years for an NFL running back, should that goal be realized. “How cool would it be to play a Super Bowl in your home stadium? Talk about a homefield advantage.”