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A year af­ter dis­con­tent, Peter­son con­tent in Min­nesota

SundayXtra - - SPORTS SPECIAL - By Jon Krawczyn­ski

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — It was a year ago and the cir­cus was swirling around Adrian Peter­son and the Min­nesota Vik­ings. The star run­ning back was dis­trust­ful of some in the or­ga­ni­za­tion af­ter a sea­son away. His agent was hint­ing a clean break might be best for ev­ery­one. Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer and GM Rick Spiel­man felt com­pelled to fly to Hous­ton to visit Peter­son and try to get ev­ery­one back on the same page.

Flash for­ward to the Vik­ings’ first full-team, op­tional prac­tices of the spring. And all of that drama, all of that un­cer­tainty has been buried by an­other rush­ing ti­tle, a play­off ap­pear­ance, and an un­bend­ing re­spect be­tween a star player and his coach.

Peter­son at­tended the or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties this week, go­ing through all the work­outs and pledg­ing to be one of the lead­ers who helps the Vik­ings re­cover from a gut-wrench­ing play­off de­feat to Seat­tle last Jan­uary.

“You know I al­ways try to come back and do bet­ter than what I did the pre­vi­ous off-sea­son, and there was a lot of things that I was able to take back from last off-sea­son that opened my eyes,” Peter­son said Wed­nes­day. “This year it might be the lit­tle things, but I’m that much more fo­cused.”

Peter­son missed the final 15 games of 2014 while ad­dress­ing child abuse charges

ANDY KING / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILES

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