Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson is putting it all out there, saying the team can win the Super Bowl this coming season.
Last season, the Minnesota Vikings surprised many by bringing home the NFC North championship before losing a heartbreaker in their playoff opener to the Seattle Seahawks (on a missed field goal attempt by Blair Walsh). In 2016, arguably the best player on the team thinks the men in purple will do a lot more.
Running back Adrian Peterson, entering his 10th season with the team, told MMQB’s Peter King that the Minnesota Vikings have a good chance of not just getting back to the playoffs, but hoisting the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champs for the first time in franchise history:
"“We are going to have a good chance to win it this year — win everything. Sit back and watch. Sit back and watch. You can be like, ‘I thought you guys were at least a couple of years away.’ Nope. You sit back and watch, this year.”"
After missing all but one game of the 2014 season due to suspension for a child abuse charge, Peterson bounced back in 2015 to have nearly 1,500 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Many feel that the Vikings, with Peterson back to form and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater emerging as one of the league’s best young arms, could be a contender for years to come.
Peterson acknowledged that being 31 years old at the start of the 2016 season means that his clock is ticking on how much longer he can perform at a top level and he wants to leave the game a champion:
"“Everything in me is championship, championship and then breaking records. It’s a part of me. I am pushing myself to the max to win a Super Bowl, and then to break Emmitt’s [all-time rushing] record and Eric Dickerson’s [single-season rushing] record. It is my everyday life, what I think of every day. Mostly it’s that Super Bowl. Then the whole world will remember you.”"
The Vikings, who are 18 to 1 odds to win Super Bowl LI (being played February 2017 in Houston, Texas), open their 2016 season on the road at the Tennessee Titans before back to back games against the Green Bay Packers and the Carolina Panthers.
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