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Adrian Peterson admits ‘the doubt motivates me’

Adrian Peterson has embarked upon a new chapter in his Hall of Fame-caliber NFL career after signing on with the New Orleans Saints this offseason. And while Peterson is on the perceived wrong side of 30 for a running back — he turned 32 in March — the generational player sees No reason why he can’t defy expectations and return to a level of productivity not seen out of him since the 2015 season.

A torn meniscus marred Peterson’s final season with the Minnesota Vikings. Appearing in only three games in 2016, Peterson amassed 72 yards and a 1.3 per carry average. Peterson did enjoy a standout 2015 campaign, in which he rushed for 1.485 yards, averaging 4.5 per carry to go along with 11 touchdowns.

But that successful season followed one in which he appeared in only one game amid a child abuse scandal. All things considered, Peterson realized it “was time for a change of scenery,” and the Vikings agreed, cutting ties with the organization’s best-ever running back in February. After a long stint lingering on the market, the Saints finally decided to bring in Peterson, signing him to a two-year, $7 million deal.

In a lengthy piece by the Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei, Peterson opens up about a new start with the Saints plagued by questions regarding how much he has left in the tank.

“Yes, the doubt motivates me,” Peterson says of the critics who believe his best days are behind him. “I’d be lying to say it doesn’t. You want to do things people say you can’t do.”

Peterson added sometimes self-doubt even creeps in.

“You might go through a stage when you doubt yourself,” Peterson said. “It’s an everyday battle mentally. But if you let anything manifest, it can hurt you. So I always try to keep those thoughts down.”

It remains to be seen if Peterson can produce with the Saints, although his new teammates have raved about how good he looks in practice as well as praised his legendary work ethic.

If there is one running back out there who can defy the odds and silence the naysayers — even if it is in a more limited role with the Saints — it might be Adrian Peterson.