Adrian Peterson – Athlete of the Year

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Nothing should stop you from reaching your dreams, not even a serious leg injury.

American Football Player Adrian Peterson is a living testament that you can achieve great things as long as you are fully determined. With great work, discipline and faith in your capacity, nothing is impossible, not even an MVP award.

Early Years

Adrian Lewis Peterson was born in Palestine, Texas on March 21, 1985. Being an athlete runs in his blood, with his mother Bonita Jackson as a Texas state high school track-and-field champion and his father Nelson Jackson, a former Idaho State University basketball player.

His childhood was never an easy one. He witnessed lots of traumatic moment as a child: At 7 years old, his older brother got killed by a drunk driver. At age 13, his father got arrested for money laundering in connection with drug dealing.

He did not let these unfortunate events consume him though. He channeled all these negative emotions into sports. He tried his hands in basketball and track but there was no doubt that he’s excelling in football.

Starting his Football Career in College

Playing at the University of Oklahoma catapulted Peterson to stardom. The powerful 216-pound player ran for 183 yards in his third collegiate game, and topped the 200-yard mark three times en route to 1,925 rushing yards, a Division I-A freshman record. He finished a second-place in the 2004 Heisman Trophy race, then the highest finish for a first-year player, and was named a consensus All-American.

During his sophomore years, Peterson sat out four games due to high ankle sprain and a broken collarbone made him miss another seven of the following season. He declared himself eligible for the 2007 National Football League draft but another tragedy hit Peterson a night before his scheduled NFL scouting. His half-brother was fatally shot in Houston.

Despite his loss and history in injury, Peterson was selected with the No. 7 overall pick in the draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

Success in NFL

Just like his performance in college, Peterson has again proven that he’s an elite performer in the NFL. He erupted for 224 yards in his fifth game and set an NFL single-game record with 296 rushing yards in Week 8. He finished the 2007 season with the title of NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and an impressive 1,341 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

His 2009 season was tainted with his multiple fumbles when they lost to the New Orleans Saints during the NFL Championship Game. 2010 was a relatively quiet season for Peterson, but 2011 was one of his worst years when he tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. For the first time, he was not able to make it to the Pro Bowl roster.

He had his surgery on December 30, 2011 and with relentless determination, he made his come back on the opening day of the 2012 NFL season. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and it was later revealed that the superstar was suffering from a painful sports hernia on the second half of the game. This made his accomplishment even more rewarding.

 

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