Bill Carey
Tuesday August 13th, 2013

Adrian Peterson says allegations of HGH use "makes me feel good." (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Adrian Peterson says any allegation of HGH use "makes me feel good." (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the NFL's reigning MVP, says he takes accusations that he uses performance-enhancing drugs as a compliment, according to a report by USA TODAY's Tom Pelissero.

From Pelissero's report:

"Seriously. Especially with the amount of work I put in," Peterson said. "Guys say that to me, or if I hear someone saying that — it makes me feel good.

"When you know you don't do it, and someone's saying you do, you're like, 'Wow. They think I'm on HGH? I'm doing that good? Well, hoo! Thank you, Jesus!' It's a compliment. I don't get mad about it at all."

The accusations toward Peterson increased last year. He tore his ACL in December 2011 and was expected to miss some of the 2012 season but recovered quickly and was ready by the opener. Peterson then turned in one of the best seasons in league history, finishing with 2,097 rushing yards, eight short of Eric Dickerson's record for most in a season.

EPSTEIN: A First Step Toward HGH Testing - in the Wrong Direction

Peterson said last month he believes NFL players use HGH and would welcome testing. On Monday, the NFL Players Association signed off on protocol for a population study on HGH use.

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