While we’re waiting for more good news on the NFL labor front, let’s take a quick detour to look at a trio of Vikings players who were recognized for their football accomplishments in college.
The website www.rivals.com, which is well-known and respected in the realm of college sports coverage, has listed the Top 25 college football players since 2001. Three current Vikings – WR Percy Harvin, LB E.J. Henderson and RB Adrian Peterson – made the list.
Henderson, who played college football at the University of Maryland, made the list at #25. Henderson was the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) defensive player of the year in 2001 and 2002. The Vikings selected him in the 2nd round (#40 overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. Their 1st-round pick that year was DT Kevin Williams.
Coming in at #21 on rivals.com’s list was Harvin, who played at the University of Florida and won 2 BCS National Championships. Harvin was a big-time player, especially in big-time spots. He scored rushing TDs in the 2006 and ’08 national championship games and he ran for 122 yards in the ’08 title win over Oklahoma. Harvin was Southeastern Conference (SEC) freshman of the year, scored 32 career TDs at Florida and was chosen by the Vikings in the 1st round (#22 overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Peterson ranked 6th on the list and, as rivals.com points out, he “rushed for an NCAA-freshman-record 1,925 yards, was second in the Heisman voting and helped OU reach the BCS national championship game in his debut season.” Ankle and collar bone injuries slowed Peterson in college, so who knows how much better his career could’ve been. But it all worked out for Peterson and the Vikings, as he was selected in the 1st round (#7 overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Thanks to former Vikings PR staffer and current University of Florida Athletics Association assistant communications director Dan Apple for pointing out the list on www.InsidetheGators.com.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, E.J. Henderson, Percy Harvin
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