The gift of being Adrian Peterson is being a freakish athlete with the strongest grip known to man. The curse of being Adrian Peterson? Sometimes the rest of the world doesn't live up to your standards.
Peterson's been on some bad Vikings teams since being drafted in 2007 and he's had to carry the offense, which, many times, looked like running Peterson into a brick wall until he managed to smash through and score a touchdown.
Not this year though! Peterson says Norv Turner's system is "the offense I've been waiting for."
"This is going to be the best offense I've played in," Peterson said. "This is the offense I've been waiting for. We've got the pieces to facilitate moving the ball around. When Brett Favre was here, listen, when I saw those deep balls going up and guys making big plays, I was like, 'Yeah!' That makes your team very scary."
The Vikes should be better this year. Matt Cassel will be an improvement (seriously!), plus Teddy Bridgewater is waiting in the wings. Cordarrelle Patterson could blossom under Turner's guidance. Kyle Rudolph is a prototypical tight end for Turner's system.
And the running backs always do well in Norv's schemes too. LaDainian Tomlinson and Emmitt Smith come to mind as Hall of Fame talents Turner worked with. Now he'll get a guy who's trying to walk away from the game as the G.O.A.T.
“When I say I want to be the best, I'm not talking about just running backs,” he said. “I want to be the best player who ever played. I know I have a lot to do to get there. I know there have been a lot of great players before me. I think what I've done so far is pretty good, but I still have a lot of work to do to finish where I envision being when I walk away from the game.”
It's nearly impossible for that to happen. AP has a long way to go to be the greatest NFL player of all time. But greatest running back is certainly within reach, especially if he fits in this offense the way he believes he can.