Adrian Peterson: 'I knew what I could do'

Brian Tinsman
August 26, 2018 - 8:52 pm
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Adrian Peterson has never had to worry about where his next football opportunity would come from. Dating back to his earliest days in the game, he was a star player with a bright, NFL future in the cards.

He did not disappoint. Peterson is the 12th leading rusher in NFL history, needing just three yards to pass Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, and another 33 yards to pass Hall of Famer Jim Brown for 10th all-time. With a 1,000-yard season, he would take over eighth place, passing legends Tony Dorsett and Eric Dickerson.

But no one would give him a job.

This offseason was his first opportunity to wonder if the dream was over, as he sat forgotten in free agency. However, from the sounds of it, he never let retirement cross his mind.

Instead, he simply shook his head at the non-believers and worked to "continue being the best player in the league."

That thought process helps put Friday's excellent preseason performance in perspective.

"It didn't motivate me during the game because I knew what I could do," he said with a shrug. "I understand that when I'm sitting on the couch at the house and you've got people on TV sitting there giving their opinion, that it is what it is.

"It's unfortunate, because it's like, hey, you could pick up the phone and call me and ask me questions and find out more detailed information about me instead of just coming up with your own assumption. But that just is what it is."

Pressed for what he would have offered if any other team had called before the Redskins, Peterson was blunt in his confidence.

"To help this team win a championship and continue being the best player in the league."

Before Friday, you would be hard pressed to find someone listing Peterson as the best player in the league. After Friday, you probably won't find many, but you will find a lot more that believe he can start Week 1 for the Redskins.

Even if you don't believe that Peterson still has what it takes to carry the load for an NFL team, Peterson isn't worried about you. He believes.

"I'm sure people still have got something to say," he said. "It is what it is, it'll never stop. I'm just going to continue to do what I do."

 

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