Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had a remarkable comeback from an ACL injury. He returned to the NFL and set it on fire as he had the second best rushing season in NFL history.
“Whatever you were juicing on, let me know. I need it,” the unnamed Detroit Lions player jokingly told Peterson, according to CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco.
But Peterson says he told that Lions player that there might be some sort of juice.
“Man, it’s a lot of prayer. The juice of God,” Peterson responded.
That same Lions player told Peterson later in the season that the comment touched him.
“It was like turning a negative into a positive,” Peterson said. “To be honest with you, it makes me feel good when people say little stuff like that, and I’m sure it happens all the time. I guess I am performing that well that people think I’m juicing, that I am taking something. That really shows me how much God has blessed me to be able to come back and play the way I played.
“To me, it’s a compliment (the PED talk). I’ve always been an honest person. I never cheated the system. I am big on taking advantage of my natural abilities and applying work ethic to it to be able to climb the highest level. People make that decision to do that (PEDS), but I’m not that individual. I feel like I’d be cheating myself. And things I’ve accomplished would be void. That’s not what I am about.”