Adrian Peterson, Running Back at Washington Redskins
Adrian Peterson is considered one of the finest running backs in the history of the sport. Peterson dedicated himself to football at a young age and was nicknamed “All Day” by his father for his relentlessness as a child. Peterson was considered one of the top high-school prospects in the US. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, where in 2004 he established a national Division I-A freshman rushing record by running for 1,925 yards, as well as scoring 15 touchdowns. Although he missed time in each of the two following seasons because of injuries, he nevertheless was the most-coveted running back of the 2007 NFL draft class after he decided to forgo his college senior season. Peterson was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the seventh overall pick. He made an outstanding impression in his first season, rushing for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns and setting an NFL single-game rushing record of 296 yards.
During Minnesota’s penultimate game of the 2011–12 season, however, Peterson suffered tears to the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee, an injury that is often career-threatening, particularly for running backs. He underwent surgery on December 30, 2011, and—despite the fact that full recovery from that type of knee injury usually takes a full year—Peterson returned for Minnesota’s season opener on September 9, 2012, and rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns. That game was just the first in an outstanding season in which he rushed for 2,097 yards (just eight short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105 yards) and 12 touchdowns en route to earning both NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year honors. After ten seasons in Minnesota, Peterson had brief spells with the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals, before joining the Washington Redskins at the start of the 2018 season. With Washington, he rushed for an impressive 1,042 yards and 7 touchdowns that season.
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NFL legend Adrian Peterson is arguably the greatest active running back and, standing at #8 on the career rushing yards list, is undoubtedly one of the greatest football players of all time. A sure fire future Hall of Famer, Peterson played 10 seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and has re-established his top-tier active status with the Washington Redskins. A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time All Pro, in 2012 he reached the holy grail by rushing for more than 2000 yards in a single season and earning NFL MVP honors - just one year after tearing his ACL.
Continuing our series of "In Conversation With…", the AmCham China Sports Committee is proud to present an intimate evening with one of the best sportsmen of our time, sharing tips, stories, and experiences from throughout his astonishing career.
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Adrian will also be talking about the Adrian & Ashley Peterson Family Foundation, which aims to improve quality of life through resources and economic development, as well as transform communities through educational and economical empowerment. The Foundation believes in encouraging and empowering individuals and families to work together to make a difference in communities, and works to eradicate poverty, inspire children, and empower all men and women to work together to make a true impact.