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Adrian Peterson
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Peterson with the Redskins in 2018
No. 28 – Detroit Lions
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: March 21, 1985 (1985-03-21) (age 36)
Palestine, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Palestine (Palestine, Texas)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Most Valuable Player (2012)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2012)
  • 4× First-team All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2012, 2015)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2013)
  • Pro Bowl (2007–2010, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2007)
  • 3× NFL rushing yards leader (2008, 2012, 2015)
  • 2× NFL rushing touchdowns leader (2009, 2015)
  • 2× Bert Bell Award (2008, 2012)
  • Art Rooney Award (2019)
  • Unanimous All-American (2004)
  • Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (2004)
  • 3× First-team All-Big 12 (2004–2006)
  • Hall Trophy (2003)
NFL record
  • 296 rushing yards in a game
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2020
Rushing yards: 14,501
Yards per carry: 4.7
Rushing touchdowns: 113
Receptions: 294
Receiving yards: 2,414
Receiving touchdowns: 6
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Player stats at PFR

Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985) is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma, where he set the freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards during the 2004 season. Named a unanimous All-American that year, he became the first freshman to finish as a runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Peterson finished his college football career as the Sooners' third all-time leading rusher. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.

He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. As a rookie he set an NFL record for the most rushing yards in a single game (296) and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was then awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl and became only the fifth player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 yards through his first two seasons. In 2010, he became the fifth fastest player to run for 5,000 yards, doing so in his 51st game.

In 2012, Peterson became the sixth-fastest player to reach 8,000 rushing yards, ending the season with 2,097 rushing yards, just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season all-time record. Peterson amassed 2,314 all-purpose yards from scrimmage in 2012, tying Marcus Allen for the eighth-highest total ever. For his efforts, he received the NFL MVP Award and the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award for the 2012 NFL season. During the 2013 season, Peterson became the third-fastest player to reach 10,000 rushing yards in NFL history. At age 30 in 2015, Peterson became the oldest running back to be named first-team All-Pro.

In 2014, Peterson was indicted by a grand jury in Texas on charges of reckless or negligent injury to his son that occurred earlier that year, and was suspended for the rest of the season. A free agent coming into the 2017 season, Peterson signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints but was traded to the Arizona Cardinals mid-season before being released following the season's end. Peterson then played with the Washington Redskins for two seasons before joining the Lions in 2020.

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