Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) acknowledges the fans during the closing ceremony following the game against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Lions 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings want Adrian Peterson to become a leader


The Minnesota Vikings are now under the leadership of new head coach Mike Zimmer, who is a no-nonsense type of guy, and he is hoping to see some of the veteran players on the team’s roster step up and take a leadership role.

One of the players that Zimmer specifically pointed out during an interview on 104.9 The Horn in Austin was running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson has caught wind of the comments, and he has taken them well. Peterson understands where his new head coach is coming from and he hopes to step up and provide the type of leadership that Zimmer is looking for.

“I definitely understand where he’s coming from when he says that,” Peterson said, via ESPN.

“He doesn’t know me that well. I met him. We talked. We chatted once or twice. I’m sure not only me, but everyone else has to prove that they are leaders of the team. That’s something that I really take pride in as well. That’s all a part of me taking care of my business when I’m away from the facility. It’s normal. It’s a normal routine for me.”

Peterson is already one of the best players in the NFL and the top running back, but taking his leadership to the next level will help cement his legacy as one of the best players to ever put on a Vikings uniform.

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