Amazing. Spectacular. How did he do that? These are some of the phrases you hear or think of when Adrian Peterson is said. Peterson is one of those once in a lifetime running backs that take the league by storm as soon as they get there. His 103 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown of 60 yards against the Falcons in week one were proof enough, but let’s take a look at Peterson’s early life.Adrian Peterson was born to Nelson Peterson and Bonita Jackson on March 21, 1985 in Palestine, Texas. His father played basketball at Idaho State University, and his mother was a track member at the University of Houston. His Uncle Ivory Lee Brown spent one season in the NFL.Peterson was always interested in playing football, so he began at the age of seven. In high school, he was a member of the track and field, basketball, and football teams at Palestine High School. He “broke out” his junior and senior years in high school.

As a junior, he finished with 2,051 yards on 246 carries, an average of 8.3 yards per carry, and 22 touchdowns. As a senior he improved those marks with 2,960 yards on 252 attempts, an average of 11.7 yards per carry, and 32 touchdowns. After high school he attended the annual Army All-American Game and was the MVP of that game with 95 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns. After that game he decided to attend the University of Okalahoma and so began a new chapter in his life.

As a freshman he took the entire college football world by storm. He broke a few NCAA records. He ran for 1,925 yards and he carried the ball 339 times. He was a Doak Walker award finalist, an AP All-First Team member, was a major factor in Oklahoma going undfeated and having an Orange bowl birth, and finished second in the Heisman voting.

As a sophomore, he went through what is referred to as a sophomore slump. He suffered a high ankle sprain in his first Big 12 game of the season. He missed four games but finished with 1,108 yards and fourteen touchdowns on 220 carries. Not bad numbers, but still not as good as the first year numbers. His only award was being a member of the Big 12 AP First Team.

As a junior Adrian Peterson’s father was released from prison. On October 14, 2006, his father attended the first game he ever saw Peterson play in. Against Iowa State Peterson suffered a broken collar bone diving into the end zone. Many people think he was show boating a little, but many also think he was making sure the defenders didn’t catch him. He finished 150 yards shy of Billy Sim’s Oklahoma record. Adrian Peterson was out until the Fiesta Bowl, the game in which the Bronco’s stunned the Sooner’s and the whole college football world. He only ran for 77 yards that game and finished 74 yards shy of the OU rushing record. But, Peterson, along not wanting to risk injury again before getting a chance to be drafted, made the decision to go pro.

On April 28, 2007, Peterson was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Three months after he was drafted he signed a five year contract with the Vikings. In September and October, Peterson was the Offensive Rookie of the Month. On October 14, 2007 Adrian Peterson “broke out” for 224 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns against the Bears while setting an NFL record with 361 all-purpose yards. He “broke out” again against the San Diego Chargers rushing for 296 yards, breaking the NFL single game rushing record. He had reached 1,000 yards rushing in only eight games.

But the next week Peterson injured the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee in a game against the Green Bay Packers. Peterson returned a month later on Monday Night Football and showed he still had it by rushing for 78 yards rushing, 17 yards receiving, and two touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the NFC, and also said he was taking his lineman with him and paying for it with his Pro Bowl bonus. A very nice gesture to his teammates from just a rookie.

Adrian Peterson top Rookie Cards:

2007 Artifacts RC BV: $40
Adrian Peterson 2007 Artifacts
2007 Topps Chrome RC BV: $25
Adrian Peterson 2007 Topps Chrome
2007 Donruss Threads Letterman BV: $350
Adrian Petterson 2007 Letterman threads
2007 SPX Jsy Rc Au BV: $450
2007 Donruss Spx Adrian Peterson
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