A year after discontent, Peterson content in Minnesota
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