In the NFL, the most valuable player you can have is a talented everyman; this is the guy that can run the ball, catch the ball and block for the quarterback. Adrian Peterson is the quintessential everyman, but he wants to extend his everymanliness to another level — Adrian Peterson wants to block field goals in addition to everything else he does for the Vikings.
“For the past two years I’ve been trying to get in on field goal block. Come in off the edge, you know? It’s just going to take one block for them to really be like, ‘OK, you know what? Let’s take the chance and let you go out there and get it done,’” Peterson said. “Kickoff return, I wouldn’t mind getting back there. I’m in it to win.”
Not too long ago, Peterson said he wants to compete in the Olympics too, so we might just have to chalk this up to Peterson getting extra high off the high he’s got the Vikings on. You can just imagine Peterson sitting on his bed, resting his head in his hands, kicking his legs behind him whilst reading a Sports Illustrated going “Oooh, I wanna do that! No, I wanna do that! And THAT too!”.
Peterson is no doubt one of, if not the most talented athlete in the NFL at the moment, and that’s saying a lot. He almost crippled Eric Dickerson’s nearly untouchable single season rushing record, he boosted the Vikings into the playoffs and he did it all on a surgically reconstructed left knee.
We thought Peterson was amazing before this season, but we found out just how awesome he truly is.
But now we’re entering burnout territory, where Peterson is going to over extend himself. Obviously the Vikings would never let their franchise player play on special teams, especially given his injury history, and it’s cute that Peterson literally wants to do everything himself. But he’s got to pace himself before he does more than he can handle.
All great artists go on too long and water down what they’re known for. Peterson is sprinting along that line by wanting to do everything on the field short of officiating, and he could end up proving his mortality.
Nevertheless, if Peterson wants to do it, Peterson will do it and nothing will stand in his way. If 2012 taught us nothing else it was the valuable lesson of stay the hell out of Adrian Peterson’s way.