CBS Sports: Rewinding The Tape On Adrian Peterson’s Incredible 2013

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has quite a story to tell heading into the 2013 NFL season.

Less than a year after major reconstructive knee surgery, Peterson came up nine yards short of the single-season rushing record currently held by Eric Dickerson. He helped lead the Vikings to a 10-6 season and a playoff berth a year after the team had a dismal 3-13 regular season.

He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, and shortly after the season ended it was revealed that he played the last month with a sports hernia.

In a recent interview with Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, Peterson talked about the season, his recovery from knee surgery, his mentality as a football player and even a look at five plays from the 2012 season.

There were also even brief rumors that he took performance enhancing drugs to help the comeback from his knee injury.

Below is an excerpt from the story followed by a link to the full piece.

Rewinding The Tape On Adrian Peterson’s Incredible 2013

The handshake. That legendary handshake.

The one people talk about, as if it were a vice grip, was about to come my way. I was prepared for the worst. Would my fingers make it out intact? Would I be able to type again?

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is used to running over linebackers, and as I waited to greet him here at the team’s facility, I braced for his handshake like one of those linebackers waiting to collide with him in the hole.

As he extended his big right hand we exchanged pleasantries and he grabbed my hand like he was wadding up a piece of paper.

Not so bad, I thought. No big deal. Firm, for sure, but not nearly as bad as expected, even if he does squeeze harder than anyone I’ve encountered.

That handshake is Adrian Peterson in a nutshell: He does so many things that set him apart from others.

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