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10 Things to Know about Adrian Peterson

The star running back signed a two-year deal with New Orleans on April 25.

Photos of new Saints running back Adrian Peterson.

  1. In 2012, Peterson earned NFL MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and 1st-Team All-Pro honors by Associated Press following offseason knee surgery. He became only the third Vikings player to take home NFL MVP, joining Alan Page in 1971 and Fran Tarkenton in 1975.
  1. In Peterson's rookie season, he led the NFC with 1,341 rushing yards which ranked 2nd in the NFL. He earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors from Associated Press in addition to being named a starter in the Pro Bowl and earned MVP of the game.
  1. As a rookie, he also set the NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards vs. San Diego in 2007, the eighth game of his career.
  1. Adrian was the consensus National Player of the Year as a senior at Palestine (TX) High. He broke the 2,000-yard mark as a junior and senior, going for 2,051 as a junior and 2,960 as a senior with 22 TDs as a junior and 32 as a senior.
  1. Peterson was a 2004 Heisman Trophy runner-up as well as the first Oklahoma University true freshman to earn AP 1st-Team All-America honors in 2004. He currently ranks third in OU history with 4,045 yards and fourth with 41 rushing touchdowns.
  1. Peterson has taken mission trips along with other NFL stars to Africa in recent offseasons, working with Starkey Hearing to provide hearing aids to disadvantaged children and adults.
  1. Athletic blood runs in the family. His mother, Bonita Jackson, was a track and field star and father, Nelson Peterson, was a collegiate basketball player at Idaho State. His uncle, Ivory Lee Brown, was an NFL player and suited up for the Vikings in 1993.
  1. Adrian bounced back in 2015 from nearly a year hiatus to lead the NFL in rushing for the third time in his career with 1,485 yards on the ground.
  1. Also, in 2015, Peterson tied NFL record held by O.J. Simpson with six career games with 200 rushing yards.
  1. Adrian Peterson is currently in 16th place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 11,747 yards from 2007-2016.
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