Tuesday January 5th, 2016

In a series of exclusive interviews with Sports Illustrated, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson discussed how his painful past motivated him to become the 2015 NFL rushing leader.

Brett Favre, Peterson’s Vikings teammate during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, was not surprised by Peterson’s success this year, despite the running back sitting out all but one game of the 2014 season amid a child abuse case.

“This season is another example of how super elite AP is,” Favre told SI's Greg Bishop. “It can be magical to watch him run. I’d put him in the top few teammates I’ve ever played with. Guys like him and Reggie White.”

BISHOP: Peterson sorts out his feelings on fatherhood, forgiveness, loss

Peterson returned from suspension to rush for 1,485 yards on 327 carries with 11 touchdowns this year, all NFL bests. He now has 11,675 rushing yards and has his own sights set on being widely regarded as the NFL’s best.

“The greatest to ever do it, that’s what I want,” Peterson said. “There will be guys that come around that people will compare to me, like how they compare Kobe or LeBron to Jordan. Look, Jordan was the best. You haven’t seen anyone like that since.

“There won’t be another Adrian Peterson. There will be a guy that reminds you of me. But there will only be one me.”

- Erin Flynn

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