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5 Fun Facts About Adrian Peterson of the Vikings

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on September 14, 2014

Adrian Peterson is known as one of the best running backs in football. He earned this reputation too, successfully moving the ball in open spaces and through traffic while the talent level around him has sometimes been very good and sometimes… well, not so much. Here is a look at five fun facts about this great running back.

The First Time

The first time Adrian Peterson touched the ball in the NFL was not on a rushing attempt or a pass reception. It happened against Atlanta in Week One of the 2007 season when he returned the opening kickoff 22 yards.

Long Distance Caller

As a rookie in 2007, Adrian Peterson scored 13 touchdowns. Four of those were from 60 yards or more away.

A New Record!

In a win over the Bears in 2007, Adrian Peterson ran the ball 20 times for 224 yards. This set a new single game rushing record for the Vikings, breaking the old record of 200 yards that Chuck Foreman ran for in a 1976 win over the Eagles.

3 TDs… 3 QBs

The first three TD receptions caught by Adrian Peterson in the NFL were thrown to him by three different quarterbacks: Tarvaris Jackson, Brett Favre, and Christian Pronger.


#5 – The worst game of Adrian Peterson’s career came in a Vikings win over the 49ers in 2007 when he carried the ball 14 times for three yards and no scores.

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