Adrian Peterson, The Real-Life Terminator

Columns, Football, J. Tinsley, Sports — By on December 7, 2012 at 3:50 am

Adrian Peterson is the midst of an all-time great season. No surprise considering he’s well on his way to becoming an all-time great himself.

Bar none, my buddy Nick is one of my best friends on Earth. But we absolutely hate each other from September to August.

Blame it on the NFL. Blame it on him never letting me forget his New York Giants have won two Super Bowls since our last year in college. Blame it on the fact we’ve been doing this every year since we’ve resumed living in different states. Whatever the case may be, it’s almost tradition for us to call each other randomly and curse one another out for no reason other than the fact this is how guys show appreciation for one another. We show love by degrading. Ass backwards, right? We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Every Monday on G-Chat, while sitting at our respective desks, we recap Sunday’s proceedings. The one thing we’ve agreed on basically all season? Adrian Peterson.

Let’s get something clear: I was born in 1986, followed and studied the game of football for as long as I can remember, and I feel confident in this assessment. Not only is Peterson one of the best running backs I have ever had the pleasure of watching — he’s one of the best football players. Period. Hell, A.P. is one of the best athletes I have ever laid eyes on. While it’s fun to bash certain players in the league, know this: They’re all fine-tuned specimens to some degree (except, maybe, a Washington Redskins Albert Haynesworth). That said, name another five players in football with the makeup of Peterson. You can’t. You know why? Because he was built in a lab on Area 51.

That’s the only way possible to explain why there’s an outside shot 2,000 yards is in his reach. The 2K yardage mark is impressive standing on its own. Now add to the fact his leg all but detached from his body last season resulting in a top three ugliest injuries I’ve ever witnessed. The other two being Willis McGahee vs. Ohio State and watching Shaun Livingston’s career derail in mid-air. Adrian’s felt like I was watching an all-time great career get cut short. There was no way anyone could ever be the same after watching a knee pop out of place and him tear every ligament possible ending with “-CL.”

Then, by God knows how, he was at near full power Week 1 and running with no signs of hesitation or rust. A.P.’s healing abilities are nothing new, however. Ed told me the story a few nights ago how he went to see Adrian play his final regular-season game at Oklahoma against Iowa State in 2006. He broke his collarbone diving for a touchdown but was somehow at a house party later that night with a Playboy Big 12 model chugging gallons of chocolate milk. Ed, being the investigative brother he is, asked the hard question, “You good?” In between sips of chocolate milk, he assured Ed he’d be back for the Fiesta Bowl in prime condition.

Now keep in mind, he just broke his collarbone no more than five hours prior to this conversation. He did return for the game, too, running for two touchdowns. Knowing this: It should come as no surprise he was ready to go Week 1 not even a full year after his leg resembled a wet noodle.

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  • Joe Simmons says:

    Excellent post brother Tinsley.

    People have no clue what Adrian Peterson is doing. How his body and leg were dangling has me mystified at how he has come back as strong as he has. One thing is for sure he isn’t human. He is definitely a mutant. Maybe he has Wolverine blood or something because his healing powers aren’t like normal people’s healing powers.

    You bring out some good points about MVP consideration: Taking a look at the stretch he has some possibilities of breaking the 2K barrier this year. Still he won’t win it. Even with comeback player of the year, Manning is probably going to garner all that vote. Look at other guys with similar injuries.. They haven’t done anything close to what AP is doing with the exception of Jamaal Charles who went down weeks before AP did. It’s crazy when watching him now and it just seems to get better and better.

    Excellent post man.

    • J. Tinsley says:

      Exactly man. He looks BETTER than ever, which is scary as hell. As I said, I didn’t get to see every great football player. Was born too late to really see Walter Payton, Lawrence Taylor and guys of that nature.

      I have no problem saying Adrian Peterson is one of the best football players I have ever seen with my own two eyes. He is a freak of nature, and that’s putting it lightly.

  • I have no problem saying AP is one of the best football players I have ever seen either, and he definitively and unequivocally put a couple and utter end to any debate about who the best running back in the league is. I mean, Arian and Ray Rice are great, but what AP is doing, and has done in the past, is some other level shit. And to keep getting better, and to do it after an absurd injury and healing in record time, man, he can’t be human.

    Adrian Peterson is, without a doubt, the most entertaining and dominant player to watch in the NFL, in my opinion. And yes, his appreciation day is long, long overdue.

  • Troy says:

    Saying repeatedly throughout the article, “He was made in a lab”, “People don’t heal like that”, and “He is from Area 51″, seems to strip credit from AP, himself. His healing is probably due to an incredible work ethic, unmatched dedication to rehab and complete commitment to an 8-month program to repair a blasted knee.

    What he is doing on the football field is absolutely remarkable. As a Vikings fan, I love seeing him scamper like the AP we’ve always seen and I appreciate you giving credence to his efforts in your post.

    Go Vikes!

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