Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson is a role model in many aspects on and off the field. On the field, Peterson is one of the most dynamic, explosive, and exciting running backs the NFL has ever seen. Off the field, Peterson is well spoken, polite, and seemingly an all around great guy.
Not only does Peterson have the qualities mentioned above, but he also proved that he has supernatural healing ability back in 2012. Peterson tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee in December of 2011. The injury was devastating, and had the opportunity to stall and possibly end Peterson’s already illustrious career.
Of course, no one told Adrian Peterson that. Instead, Peterson somehow returned to the field in 2012 and absolutely torched NFL defenses around the country, leaving every NFL fan, player, analyst, and pundit in awe of his abilities. Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns while snagging the NFL MVP award.
Since then, every athlete that has dealt with an ACL injury has looked up to Peterson as the man to emulate in recovery. The newest member to that club is Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who tore his ACL in his right knee in December of 2013.
In a recent interview with the Denver Post, Miller assured reporters that his knee injury will not hinder his performance next season because he followed many of the same guidelines as Peterson did before him:
I’m looking at the Adrian Peterson story every single day. It’s motivation for me. Not only Adrian Peterson but all those other guys you’ve never heard about coming off an ACL. I did a lot of research, a lot of reading into ACL surgery.
If the Denver Broncos hope to return to the Super Bowl this season, they will certainly need the help of Von Miller on defense. Only time will tell if his knee will hold tough through the season.