Adrian Peterson is an NFL player currently with the Minnesota Vikings. He is a six-time Pro Bowler and has led the NFL in rushing yards twice.
He was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after rushing for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl that season and was named the Pro Bowl MVP.
In his second season, Peterson rushed for 1,760 yards, earning first-team AP All-Pro honors.
Before the 2011 season, the Vikings signed him to a seven-year, $96 million contract, making him the league's highest paid running back. In the season finale, Peterson tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee.
Expected to miss a portion of the next season, Peterson played in the season opener and went on to rush for 2,097 yards, nine yards shy of Eric Dickerson's all-time record for rushing yards in a season.
In 2014, Peterson was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child after being accused of hitting his four-year-old son with a switch. He was then placed on the commissioner's exempt list.
After he pleaded no contest a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault, NFL suspended him without pay for remainder of the season. He is not eligible for reinstatement until at least April 15.
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