Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 12/30/12

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 13: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 13, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
As we look at the top-50 single season rushing totals, anyone who anticipated Adrian Peterson would rush for over 2,000 yards in his comeback year would have been called crazy. In his 16th game of the 2011 season, he felt three pops in his left knee. X-rays told the story of torn medial collateral ligaments along with torn anterior cruciate ligaments, but A.P. wouldn’t wait and during the holidays opted for surgery. According to The National, Peterson was not exactly patient during recovery. The stitches were still evident in the spring when his Vikings teammates were stunned that he joined the receivers in sprints – and beat them. “It’s mental … my willpower, my determination,” he said.… Read more
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