Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson thinks he could have played in the NFL as an 18-year-old right out of high school if league rules permitted.
“Not to sound cocky or anything but I do,” Peterson said on a media conference call.
Peterson, 30, graduated from Palestine (Texas) High and went on to spend three years at Oklahoma from 2004 to 2006. He was the seventh pick of the 2007 NFL draft, and has been with the Vikings ever since.
In his first three NFL seasons, Peterson was selected to three Pro Bowls and was named First-Team All Pro twice. He missed only two games and made 39 starts over those three years, rushing for 4,484 yards and 40 touchdowns while leading the league in various rushing statistics.
This season, Peterson has scored two touchdowns in three games and is the league leader with 291 rushing yards.
On the same conference call, when Peterson was asked to name a more skilled running back than he is, he hesitated before saying, “Peyton Manning’s got some nice moves.”
Manning and the undefeated Broncos take on Peterson and the Vikings (2–1) for a Week 4 contest in Denver.
- Erin Flynn