Last Sunday, Adrian Peterson totaled 171 rushing yards, putting him well over the 1K mark. Currently the league’s leading rusher — by a fairly large margin — he’s on pace to finish with over 1,800 yards on the ground.
That would be an incredible feat for anyone, but especially so for the Vikings’ superstar, who’s just eleven months removed from major knee surgery.
The unconscionably quick recovery process has astonished … well, everyone, even world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
“I can’t believe it,” Andrews told Peterson’s parents, via NFL.com. “For this guy to have played as much football as he’s played his whole life, and not to have hardly any wear and tear, it’s incredible. I’ve never seen a football player, especially one who runs and cuts as much as he does, with a knee in that condition. It’s like a newborn baby.”
Peterson said none of this surprises him, chalking up his fast-healing nature to good DNA.
“Give credit to the doctor — he did a great job going into my knee and doing what he does,” Peterson said. “But I just feel like I’m different — my family and my genetics. Just how my body is built.”
Throughout the offseason, OTAs, and training camp, Peterson continually vowed to return to prior form, despite a laundry list of noteworthy backs whose careers were cut short with similar injuries. But, as he shows on the field, the 27-year-old isn’t comparable to many others — and he knows it.
“This is something that I had planned out months ago,” Peterson said. “I knew I wanted to come into this season and have an impact. I wanted to help my team. I’m not surprised by what I’ve done. I expected it the whole time, and I think that’s the reason it’s happening.”
Andrews’ comparison is even more astounding considering Peterson is perhaps the most violent runner in the NFL. He’s constantly planting that reconstructed knee into the turf and using sheer power and God-gifted athleticism to power him forward, evidenced by the three consecutive games where he’s recorded a 60-plus yard run.
A bonafide medical marvel, A.D. believes his best is yet to come, a terrifying thought for Minnesota’s upcoming opponents. At this point, you have to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he’ll back up his claim.
It wouldn’t be the first time, after all.