Adrian Peterson

August 20, 2013

i am adrian peterson, pro football mvp. ask me anything!

im adrian peterson, nfl mvp from Palestine TX. im also the latest person on the wheaties box

my foundation helps at risk kids n i love giving back to others. im 28 born 3\21\85.

ill be back in 15 minutes to answer questions. ask me anything!


edit: im out of here for now. thanks guys, i had fun. and i wanna say thanks to wheaties for helping set this up. catch you next time.

First of all, I'd like to say thank you for dedicating your time to doing this. To be able to communicate with you – the most favorite player I have ever watched – truly is an incredible experience. The way is electrify the game is truly unmatched by anyone else in the league. Anyways, off to question time!

Finally, one last question. Perhaps the most important question of them all:

my hobbies are call of duty, laying in bed relaxin. im a homebody. i like to shoot pool, like to bowl, like to fish even though i havent gone in like two years. attitude helps you accomplish anything you set forth . a lot of people mentally don't have what it takes to keep going towards their goal. funniest guy is jared allen. we have all the right pieces in place to get a ring. one thing i've learned is its not the personnel onf the team but the chemistry. i feel like we have that.

Hey AD, Who are your best friends on other NFL teams? Thanks for doing this, you are the man.

larry fitzgerald is a guy im cool with, cromartie, sidney rice, percy, even though he only answers the phone every blue moon, arian foster, andre johnson, antonio smith, leon washington, jacoby jones

AD, my 10 year old son is a running back on a team in Bloomington, MN and totally idolizes you. More than anything, he really wants to know what exercises he can do to improve his footwork like you.

And from me, what 1 thing in your career are you most proud of? And what 1 thing would you change about the Vikings if you were given the chance to coach them?

1) the ropes, lateral drills, high knees, side shuffles, in and out drills, do it on an incline instead of flat surfaces, works more muscle and you'll get a lot quicker 2) being on the wheaties box!

Other than yourself, who is the best RB in the league?

all around guy, productive, id have to go with arian foster and marshawn lynch. talentwise, chris johnson and my guy frank gore.

Hey AD,

Reporters always mention your "bone-crushing" handshake and seem to act like you're not aware of your own strength. As someone who appreciates a firm handshake, do you put just a bit more squeeze on 'em when you shake a reporters hand?

Kind of like a reminder that you could hurt them if they write bad stuff about you?

lol! you got me on this one, i actually do put a little more into it for some of the reporters. they're like sour patch kids! guys can be so nice and so sour at times

No one to break 2k yards has ever come close the next year. The best was Sanders' 1491. Do you think you will be the one to buck this trend? Why/how will you be able to maintain such a high level?

OJ Simpson

Eric Dickerson

Barry Sanders

Terrell Davis

Jamal Lewis

Chris Johnson

Adrian Peterson

i feel like i'll be able to repeat. why? just a group a guys in front of me, dedicated to running the ball, were definitely a team, we feel like we wanna do better next year and i just have faith i can do it

Who do you think is the best rookie RB prospect in the NFL this year?

eddie lacy, but he's on a passing team. but that was a real good pickup... that i didnt like

Hello Mr. Peterson,

First of all, I want to thank you for taking the time to answer questions for us.

You’re obviously a very intelligent player, I’d like to know how you feel about the effect that the newest CBA has on running backs, who not only have less incentive to be drafted higher because of the position’s unfortunate vulnerability, but also probably only have the opportunity to negotiate one veteran contract before their play starts to decline.

it is what it is. they make the rules. we abide by them.

Hey AD!!! Thanks for taking the time to do an AMA!

If you were to name a fantasy football team after yourself, what would it be?

all day all stars!

Hey Adrian Peterson! First of all I would like to say thank you for doing this, and thank you for helping me win one of my fantasy leagues last year.

I have two questions for you:

new uniforms are pretty cool, i like the numbers. its a different look. its like a vikingish type style even in the cut and the collar, pants are very comfortbale. the locker room is feeling confident. he's showing us a lot. showing that he's becoming more of a leader. hes taking command of the huddle. putting his confidence on display

Hey AD, what defensive players hits the hardest?

no one really got a good shot on me this year. Shaun Rogers

Even though you were playing yourself, how did you enjoy acting in things like The League?

it was cool. i like the show and it was fun just doing something outside of football and kind of going to a different career. doing cameos that's fun. and brooklyn decker wasn't bad to work with

Do you prefer AD or AP?



antoine winfield and jeff dugan. dugs was professional. he got it done. guy that wasn't extremely talented but the work he put in was inspiring for football. catching balls every day after practice. small things. when i first go t in, just watching him answering so many questions. he was so particular with his details and making he had the right blocks on everything.

If you didn't go into football, what would have been your career choice?

id own a couple business. real estate. property. i know a couple guys making some pretty good money in that world, so that would be something im interested in.

Wow, Adrian Peterson. Thanks for doing the AMA!!

Couple questions:

What do you think of the new offensive rule about lowering the crown of the helmet? Do you think it will affect your play? If you were commissioner would you have instituted it?

Who do you think is the best RB in the NFL (besides you of course)?

What sports/teams do you like to watch during the offseason?

1) the rule is what it is. i think it helps prevent injuries. i dont know. i like it in a sense cuz of concussions and neck injuries but on the flipside its going to make guys attack lower. look at keller.

2) i like watching miami heat, okc, when those two teams play i gotta go okc. i like miami cuz im a big fan of lebron

Have any pranks ever happened among you and your teammates?

not too many pranks but weve had jared allen come in to team meetings in a speedo and a cowboy hat. he is crazy

Hello, All-Day. Thanks for doing this!

Check out while you're here.

the pain was brutal. my manhood definitely was tested. but mentally i had to get it done, suck up the pain. some of the exercises i did a lot of stationary bike just to get the flexibility back. just to get the muscles firing. the worst exercise was the bending to break down the patellar tendon. doing that manually and the flexinator you put your foot in a crank and it bends the leg for you. not good memories but it helped out tremendously.

i'm racking up as many yards as it takes to win a championship

ALL DAY, I'm a bears fan but have the utmost respect for you man.

Quick question.. What has been the toughest challenge (aside from the unfortunate injury) you have faced to get where you're at today? Also, please tell me you've seen the voiceover video on YouTube with you talking to the sideline reporter about peanuts!

I appreciate your time!

toughest challenge was losing my brother at a young age. i was age of 7. just holding him and seeing it happen, it happened right in front of me. holding him, trying to call his name and he wan't responding. at the time he was braindead but i didnt know. that was the toughest thing to deal with but it was the one thing that made me who i am.

Thanks for being late, I thought I was gonna miss this!

During RG3's rehab, it was revealed that part of his therapy involved stem cells. Since the cat is out of the bag, did the doctors use the same kind of treatment on you?

Also, what car do you drive?

no stem cells. i didnt use any of that stuff. it was brought up but i was like na, go natural.

car i drive is a bmw 760

Had the Vikings not drafted you in 2007, which team would you have preferred to go to?


Who is your favorite player in the NFL (besides yourself)?

ill use the past. barry sanders

Adrian, as a huge Vikings and AP fan from Michigan thank you for giving me the opportunity to connect with a part of the team. I try to go to the games when you play here in Detroit and have high hopes of making it to a game in Minnesota this year if everything works out. I just have two questions for you. 1.) What are your plans after the NFL? When you finally retire in 2035 do you plan on just enjoying life or do you see yourself in a new career field? 2.) What is your favorite hobby outside of football and training? 3.) If you ever wanted to hangout I’d be ok with it, if not an autograph would suffice…

sit back, relax, make a lot of money, enjoy life!

Sorry if it's already been asked, but what went through your head when Pam Oliver told you "9 yards." Did you think you broke the record by nine yards? Nine yards short? What? Was it both exciting and confusing at the same time?

it was a little confusing. 9 yards! i dunno it was bittersweet at the time because we had just won as a team, we were in the playoffs, knocked chicago out, but to be 9 yards short. i knew i didnt break it cuz they would have announced it. to get so close. thats the bitter part.

Adrian how do feel about this

mixed emotions. thats pretty funny but im a big on faith. i dont really like to be called purple jesus because there's only one. i get what theyre sayin though.

What's your favorite type of food?

seafood! i just have to be careful what i eat now. chinese food and italian. soul food is just a part of me so i dont really consider that.

Do you eat wheaties for breakfast?

yes i do! with bananas. and im trying new muddy wheaties with chocolate milk. its scrumptious

Xbox or Playstation?


AD – Thanks for answering.

areas i can improve upon is everything, pass protection running the ball, blocking down the field, catching the ball, tackling when needed but you dont want to tackle much on offense.

favorite play is 42 lead, its a draw play. i love hearing north and south plays

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Adrian Peterson conducted on Reddit on 2013-08-20. The Reddit AMA can be found here.