Adrian Peterson is 31 years old and coming off another remarkable 1,500 yard, 11 touchdown season. Peterson has carried the Vikings franchise on his back for the last decade like Beyonce carried Destiny’s Child.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Peterson said that he still feels great, but the grind of the preseason and mini camps, considering his age, could be a factor in his eventual retirement.
“Training camp, going through the grind, OTA’s and all that, that will definitely be the deciding factor. Physically, I’ll be good. It’s just mentally. It’s so repetitive that it’s more suited to the young guys. It gets kind of boring.”
Peterson’s comments prompted an article from former Tennessee Titans GM Jeff Diamond article in the Sporting News, eviscerating Peterson for his comments. Diamond thinks that Peterson missing OTA’s is disrespecting the game because construction workers work in the heat or something.
“Think the guys working construction jobs in the summer heat or people working at fast food restaurants for minimum wage would consider it a burden to run around on a practice field in no pads at OTAs? Or lift weights and prepare for the season ahead in training camp while being paid millions of dollars?”
In The Herd today, Colin said preseason workouts make no sense for veterans, especially running backs like Peterson, who have limited time left in their career.
“Running backs are not leaders. Adrian Peterson defies logic. When it comes to certain positions like Adele, and Adrian Peterson, and J. J. Watt, and Cam Newton, and Richard Sherman, be selfish. You’ve got a limited amount of high notes, you have a limited amount of carries. Adrian Peterson is at the part of his career now, where I would argue, where more practice reps actually hurt him.”
The one thing that would tick off laborers across the country more than Adrian Peterson missing OTA’s, is if he tore his ACL in a meaningless preseason practice and couldn’t play on their fantasy team.
Check out this Adrian Peterson highlight video (does not include any preseason highlights).