It’s been a few weeks since the Cardinals announced they released Adrian Peterson. The future hall of fame player has stated his case that he can play for another 3-4 years, but let’s take a look at the numbers. In 2017, AP played in 10 games and started only 7. He was traded halfway into the season after the Saints realized that have a special player in Alvin Kamara, and the Cardinals were RB needy after David Johnson went on IR.
In 2012, at age 27, and just 9 months after tearing his ACL, Peterson started all 16 games and carried the Vikings to a 10-6 record with CHRISTIAN PONDER at QB. That’s right; Christian Ponder.
He carried the ball a whopping 348 times and ran for an (almost record-breaking) 2,097 yards. He averaged SIX YARDS per ball carry and 131 yards per game, getting 12 rushing touchdowns on his way there. He was named the 2012 NFL MVP.
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Just 5 years later, the beast they call (or once-called) A.D. a.k.a ALL DAY could only play for half of the season after a neck injury sent him home. Peterson has actually only been able to start a full 16 games once since his 2012 MVP season (one year was cut very short due to allegations that he had inappropriately reprimanded one of his children). His average yards per attempt was 3.4 and he only saw the end zone twice. He ended the year with 599 yards from scrimmage (only 70 were from receiving).
In a league quickly transitioning to backs who NEED to be able to run, catch and block effectively, it’s sad to say ALL DAY’s day has come. It was fun to watch, and he was a fantasy football superhero. Enjoy watching some highlights from his MVP Season!