Peterson Thanks Fans And Discusses Rehab Process

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 13, 2012 – 4:21 pm

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It’s been two weeks since Adrian Peterson underwent successful surgery to repair his knee, and already the NFL’s best RB is offering reason to be encouraged and optimistic at his chances of returning to form.

Peterson, sporting a Jim Kleinsasser-like beard that any true Minnesotan would appreciate, was joined by Vikings Certified Heat Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman in meeting with reporters inside the Winter Park field house on Friday to provide an update on his knee and the rehab process. You can watch the press conference in its entirety by clicking here.

Right off the bat, Peterson displayed exactly why he’s a fan-favorite and one of the NFL’s best superstars.

“I want to say thanks to the fans for the outpour of support that I’ve been receiving,” Peterson said. “Fan mail, some tweets, just so many different sources. And I just wanted to tell you guys that I really appreciate it and I’m working hard to get back as soon as possible.”

Peterson went on to explain that he was able to accept the knee injury “pretty quickly” and move on to focusing on overcoming the next challenge – the rehab process.

“The beginning was tough, just mentally, accepting it (the injury) for what it was,” Peterson explained. “Then sitting on it for a week before having the surgery, I had time to ask myself ‘Why this? Why that?’ But ultimately, I was able to look at it for what it was, put that behind me and get my mind right for this challenge that’s ahead of me.”

Sugarman called last three days of Peterson’s rehab process “awesome,” saying Peterson has been riding a stationary bike and that he’s accomplished every task expected of him to this point in the rehab.

The natural concern when a player, especially a RB, suffers a serious knee injury is whether that player will ever regain his form. But is Peterson concerned?

“Not at all. I’ve not thought about that once. I’ve been through a lot in my life, and I call that to a higher power and I put my faith in Him. I know that anything I put my mind to, I’m going to be able to accomplish. I feel like I’m going to come back better than before. I know people might laugh at that or think otherwise. But you know what? It doesn’t matter what they think or how they feel about it. Only thing that matters is how I feel about it and what I believe. And I’ve been able to go through the sacrifices and whatever it takes to get to that, and I’ve already started that.”

Friday’s press conference wasn’t about announcing any good or bad news. It wasn’t about showing off the fact that Peterson is no longer leaning on crutches or that he has near full range of motion back. But listening to Peterson speak and watching him project confidence and optimism about his recovery is a great sign for Vikings fans, and reason enough to anticipate a full recovery.

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