Earlier today, it was reported that former Vikings running back Herschel Walker was upset that he doesn’t have a bust in Canton.
Apparently that isn’t the only thing Walker is upset about.
Twincities.com is reporting that Walker is also upset at the idea of the Minnesota Vikings trading star running back Adrian Peterson:
It would be an insult. Adrian has done so much for the Vikings that, unless he asks for a trade, then that would be insulting. He’s played his heart out. He came back from that knee injury [suffered Dec. 24, 2011]. They can build the team back up.
Walker’s reaction to a potential Peterson trade seems to harken back to his own experience, having been traded from the Dallas Cowboys to the Minnesota Vikings in 1989. Luckily for Walker, Peterson was not dealt to the Cowboys, or anyone else, this trade deadline.
However, that doesn’t mean that he won’t this offseason. Peterson has been struggling during his first season as the reigning NFL MVP. The 1-6 Vikings definitely aren’t looking like favorites this week on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. However, Walker is still pulling for Peterson, who will be playing this weekend in his home state.
“I feel for him because he’s so competitive and he’s such a great running back,” Walker said. “He’s still trying to perform when your record is not that good. … Right now, I think with their (unsettled) quarterback situation, defenses are stacking people at the line, and as incredible as Adrian Peterson is, he can’t just run over everybody on the other team.”
While Walker seems to have Peterson’s best intentions in mind, a trade may actually be best for Peterson. The Vikings have a major problem at quarterback, and even if this is settled during the offseason, they still may not be playoff contenders. With Peterson’s best years probably behind him, being traded to a competitor maybe a blessing in disguise.