Adrian Peterson got hurt this season, just like some members of the NFL brass feared he might.
That was the knock on the former University of Oklahoma running back going into the NFL draft last spring. That was the reason teams like Detroit, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Arizona and Washington all passed on the one-time Heisman Trophy runner-up.
That didn't stop Minnesota from viewing Peterson as the steal of the entire draft. So they took a chance.
By week six, the Vikings looked like geniuses. Not even 10 games into his rookie season, Peterson was already running in uncharted territory.
But that conversation came to a screeching halt the following Sunday when Peterson suffered a knee injury in a loss to Green Bay. Just when it looked like he was unstoppable, his old nemesis returned.
Although the prognosis said Peterson might miss up to five weeks, he showed his toughness and durability by returning after sitting out only two games. And once back in the lineup, he wasted little time further proving his mettle, as he ran for 116 yards against Detroit.
Peterson ran away with NFL Rookie of the Year honors and then finished off an amazing year this past Sunday by earning the most valuable player award at the Pro Bowl.
It was the perfect conclusion to a great inaugural campaign. Peterson fans can hardly wait to see what the All-Pro back has in store for 2008 and beyond. "Jay C. Upchurch