Adrian Lewis Peterson was born in Palestine, Texas on March 21, 1985. A running back for the Minnesota Vikings, he is considered one of the top players in the National Football League and won the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Award. Peterson is the nephew of former Phoenix Cardinals running back, Ivory Lee Brown.
During his time at Palestine High School, Peterson attracted significant attention from recruiters and was named as the single best high school football prospect by various sources. Over the course of his last two seasons, he averaged more than 200 yards per game and was selected as an All-American in his senior year. At the end of 2009, Peterson was chosen as ESPN RISE's Player of the Decade, based largely on his high school career.
After high school, Peterson opted to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he played as a true freshman and contributed towards an undefeated regular season for the Oklahoma Sooners, who eventually reached the 2005 Orange Bowl. He was selected unanimously as a first-team All-American and finished as the runner up for the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first freshman to do so. By the end of his third season with the team, he placed third in the list of the school's all-time leading rushers.
In the 2007 NFL Draft, Peterson was selected as the 7th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings and was the first running back chosen. During the 2007 season, Peterson set a new NFL record for rushing yards in a single game during a win over the San Diego Chargers. At the end of his impressive rookie season, he was named as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and was selected for the Pro Bowl, where he was named as the game's MVP.
Since that time, Peterson has racked up additional Pro Bowl selections at the end of the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 seasons and was chosen as an Associated Press First-Team All-Pro in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Arguably his best individual season came in 2012, when he finished ten yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's all-time record for rushing yards in one season. At the end of the year, he received numerous individual accolades, including the NFL MVP Award, the Bert Bell Award and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award.
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