Adrian Peterson is the NFL's premier running back; a rushing wonder with speed and power. He's the Minnesota Vikings' all-time leading rusher; a 4-time Pro Bowl front runner and one of the league's most marketable players. His success is carried by tireless determination. They call him A-D, because he brings it All Day.
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"I work hard. I grind hard during the offseason."
No harder than this past off-season, when Adrian had to rescue his career. Last Christmas Eve in the Vikings final game of the season - he took a tackle that tore the ligaments in his knee. "Immediately when I took the hit, I knew something was wrong. I felt three pops in my left knee. I just remember going down in so much pain, my first initial thought was, 'Why? Why? Why? Why? You know, 'Why me?' I knew my ACL was gone."
So was his MCL. (These) two tears are a professional athlete's worst fear. The injury is painful. The rehab is grueling. And a full recovery is seldom certain.
"How am I going to bounce back from this? So many different thoughts went through my mind at once."
But the despair didn't last long. "I was able to grab those thoughts and get rid of them. My dad, he came down from the stands and came into the locker room to talk to me and I remember telling him, 'This is a blessing in disguise. I'll come back stronger and better than I was before.'
What flashed in my mind was, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,' and that right there was enough for me."
Surgery was one week later on January 1st. A tedious 8-month recovery period followed. Adrian continued rehab during training camp and didn't play during the pre-season. His return came ahead of schedule. He stepped back on the field for the Vikings first game this season. A comeback called 'unprecedented' and 'miraculous.'
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SOURCE: The 700 Club