Vikings fans have had the thrill of watching Adrian Peterson for the last four seasons as he’s virtually re-written the record books. Now, Vikings fans can be assured that they’ll have the thrill of watching Peterson continue his assault on opposing defenses for the foreseeable future.
The Vikings and Peterson have agreed to a contract extension that will keep #28 in Minnesota for years to come. The announcement of Peterson’s signing comes only days after the Vikings were also able to sign rising star LB Chad Greenway to an extension.
The Vikings 1st-round draft pick from 2007, Peterson has become one of the most decorated players in team history in a short time. He holds the NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards against San Diego in 2007, is tied for the Vikings career rushing TDs record with 52 and has 4 of the top 5 single game and single-season rushing marks in team history. Peterson is 2nd in Vikings history to Robert Smith in career rushing yards and career 100-yard rushing games and is on pace to pass Smith in both of those categories this season.
Peterson has been a Pro Bowler each of his 4 seasons, earned 2007 Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, has earned Associated Press All-Pro honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009, was named the Bert Bell Award winner in 2008 by the Maxwell Club, was selected as the Vikings Offensive MVP by his teammates in 2007 and 2008 and in 2010 earned a spot on the 50 Greatest Vikings squad.
Vikings Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf share in the fans’ excitement to have Peterson aboard for the long-term.
“Adrian’s performances on the field have given fans so much excitement since he first joined us as a rookie. His talent and determination are remarkable and we are proud to have him be a part of the family for years to come. We are excited that in the past week we have been able to lock up Chad Greenway and Adrian for the long term. Both players have come up in our system and are the foundation to the future of the Vikings.” – Zygi Wilf
“Adrian has given everything he has on the field for the past four years and has earned the respect of teammates, alumni and fans during that span. He is the kind of cornerstone you can build a franchise around and he is perfectly suited for leading our team into the future.” – Mark Wilf
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