Go ahead and admit it, you really ARE impressed with Adrian Peterson.
Unless you make it your mission in life to ignore the NFL, you know that Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, tore his ACL and MCL on December 24, 2011. Surgery was December 30.
Eight months later, having not played a down in the preseason, he started the opening game of the 2012 season, rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns. By week #16, he was the NFL’s leading rusher, averaging six yards per carry and had scored 11 touchdowns.
By the time the playoffs were over, Peterson had rushed for 2,097 yards, second most ever, was voted both the Comeback Player of the Year and the league MVP. And it all started eight months after the injury.
Enter Robert Griffin III, RGIII. We all saw that playoff ACL and felt for him as he tried to finish that playoff game. Same surgeon, rehab, roughly the same time post injury. Never took a snap during the preseason. Two league games in, Washington is struggling, really struggling.
Or how about Derrick Rose? Everyone
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