For The Record: Adrian Peterson

Kyle BabcockContributor IDecember 10, 2008

In the last two seasons, unless you're a Sooners fan, you have had the pleasure to watch the NFL's best running back. And his name is not LaDainian Tomlinson.

His name is Adrian Peterson.

This could be a very edgy and controversial article. But I don't intend for it to be. All I want to point out in this brief article is that one running back has emerged and stood out above every other runner in the NFL.

At Oklahoma, during his freshman year, he had his best season, running for 1,925 yards and 15 TD's. He also was a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Adrian did have injuries at Oklahoma, but in only three years, he amassed 4,045 yards and 41 TD's.

Two years ago, around the time of the draft, I did not think the Vikings would draft him because he would have been a steal at the seventh pick. I thought the Vikings would pass him up anyway, in favor of Brady Quinn. I mean, the Vikings already had Chester Taylor, who rushed for 1,216 yards the previous season.

But, when draft time came around, when the Vikings pick time arrived, the commissioner announced: With the seventh pick in the 2007 NFL draft, the Vikings select: running back, Oklahoma, Adrian Peterson. When those words were uttered, I rejoiced. I knew that the "Purple Jesus" had arrived. I knew that he would save us from the pit of misery and apathy.

And I, along with thousands of other Vikings fans, was right. He did just what i thought he would do. In his rookie season, he ran for 1341 yards and 12 TD's on his way to Rookie Of The Year and Pro Bowl MVP honors. He broke the rookie rushing record for a single game with 224 yards in a game versus the Bears. Most remarkably, though, he broke his own rookie record and established an NFL record for the most yards in a NFL game with 296 yards.

All that in his rookie season? Yes.

And he hasn't disappointed this season either, leading the league in rushing with 1,413 yards in just 13 games so far.

Who knows what might come this year. Pro Bowl (again)? NFL MVP? Superbowl MVP? How much more can he do?

Who knows? I do. He can do anything.

Ladies and Gentlemen, watch out for this player, if you haven't already. Because there will be a lot more greatness to come out of him.

And that's just for the record.