Posted January 22, 2014

Poll: NFL players most want Adrian Peterson in Super Bowl

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Tony Gonzalez and Calvin Johnson rounded out the top 3, respectively, in the player poll.

Tony Gonzalez and Calvin Johnson rounded out the top three, respectively, in the player poll. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

The NFL players have spoken, and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the player they most want to see make a Super Bowl appearance before his career is finished, according to a poll of more than 320 players conducted by ESPN.

ESPN reports that Tony Gonzalez came in second, followed by Calvin Johnson, Russell Wilson — who is making his first appearance as the Seattle Seahawks play the Denver Broncos — Andre Johnson and Michael Vick. Peterson received 18.4 percent of the vote, nearly a percentage point ahead of the 17.5 percent received by Gonzalez.

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In a report Wednesday from Ben Goessling of ESPN, Peterson spoke to the respect he felt after hearing the news:

“That’s pretty cool. It feels good. I guess guys are able to see the passion that I play with, the desire I play with, and they respect it enough to make that type of statement. It says a lot, and it means a lot.”

A six-time Pro Bowler, the 28-year-old Peterson took home NFL MVP in 2012 after returning from an ACL and MCL tear the previous season. He was the third-fastest in league history to reach the 10,000-yard plateau.

The Vikings finished this past season with a 5-10-1 record. The team has made it to the playoffs in three seasons since Peterson made his NFL debut with Minnesota in 2007. The Vikings won the NFC North in 2008 and 2009 but have never won the Super Bowl.

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5 comments
DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Going to be hard to make it while a member of the Vikings.  Also going to be hard to make it while drawing off $15M of a team's salary cap as a running back.  Takes too much away from investing in the other parts needed to win a Super Bowl.

j7apple
j7apple

Does he plan on getting traded?  Won't happen as part of the Vikings.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

LT never made a Super Bowl either, and there's a reason for that:  superstar running-backs just aren't essential to success in the modern game.

LuluEvans
LuluEvans

The Vikings won the NFC North in 2008 and 2009 but have never made the Super Bowl.'


Really?  The Vikings never made the Super Bowl???  Then what do you call those four painful games back in the 1970's??


Matriculating my ***!!!

j7apple
j7apple

@LuluEvans  "The Vikings won the NFC North in 2008 and 2009 but have never won the Super Bowl."