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6. Adrian Peterson
For those who grew up in this generation, it will be impossible to think about the Minnesota Vikings without having Adrian Peterson as the first player that comes to mind.  Peterson came out of the University of Oklahoma and took the NFL by storm, as many knew that he would!

Peterson would become the third youngest to 10,000 Rushing Yards, all of which was done in a Vikings uniform, and led the NFL in Rushing Yards three times while doing it.  Peterson’s 2012 season was his best where he rushed for over 2,000 Yards and captured the consensus MVP.  He would suffer a setback that took him out most of 2014 but came back in 2015 to once again win the Rushing Title.  Peterson would again suffer injuries in 2016 and signed with the New Orleans Saints the following season.  Peterson looks to be a future Hall of Fame entrant and as a Viking, he would secure 11,747 Rushing Yards and 97 Rushing Touchdowns.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Running Back
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 7th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/28/07.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the New Orleans Saints 5/1/17
  • Games Played: 123
  • Notable Statistics: 116 Games Started
    2,418 Rushing Attempts
    11,747 Rushing Yards
    97 Rushing Touchdowns
    241 Receptions
    1,945 Receiving Yards
    5 Receiving Touchdowns
    17 Kick Returns
    428 Kick Return Yards
    106 Approximate Value

    5 Playoff Games
    116 Rushing Attempts
    412 Rushing Yards
    5 Rushing Touchdowns
    6 Receptions
    54 Receiving Yards
    1 Kick Return
    20 Kick Return Yards
  • Major Accolades and Awards: AP MVP (2012)
    Bert Bell Award (2008 & 2012)
    PFWA MVP (2007)
    AP Offensive Player of the Year (2012)
    PFWA Offensive Player of the Year (2012)
    The Sporting News Offensive Player of the Year (2012)
    First Team All-Pro Selection (2008, 2009, 2012 & 2015)
    Second Team All-Pro Selection (2007, 2010 & 2013)
    Pro Bowl (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2015)
    AP Offensive Rookie of the Year (2007)
    The Sporting News Rookie of the Year (2007)
    PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year (2007)
    PFWA Comeback Player of the Year (2012)
    All-Rookie (2007)
    Most Rushing Attempts (2015)
    Most Rushing Yards (2008, 2012 & 2015)
    Most Rushing Touchdowns (2009 & 2015)
    Most Rushing Yards/Game (2007, 2008, 2012 & 2015)
    Most Touchdowns (2009)
    Most Yards/Scrimmage (2008 & 2012)
    Highest Approximate Value (2012)
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