Viking fans have been through a lot over the years. The good. 4 Super Bowl appearances. The bad. 4 Super Bowl appearances (sorry). The ugly. 4 Super Bowl appearances. Alright, I have made my point. You have seen unbelievable players and Hall of Famers perform on a frozen and bitter cold stage at the Met and in the climate controlled comfort of the HHH Metrodome. But for fans both old and new, you may be witnessing one of the most amazing performances in the history of this franchise.
Adrian Peterson added another 212 yards to his rushing total for the year on Sunday to help Minnesota to a 36-22 win over the Rams. He now has 1,812 yards on the season. The best single season rushing total came in 1984 when Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson rushed for 2,105 yards. As of this week, Peterson is accomplishing this amazing season less than 1 calendar year removed from a horrific knee injury and the major knee surgery that followed. And on a team with barely a sign of a passing game on many Sundays.
There are a number of things we can take from this unbelievable comeback and season by Peterson. One, that medicine, medical procedures, and medical technology have become almost miraculous. Two, that the modern athlete has become bigger, stronger and more resilient than in anytime in sports history. And three that Viking fans are getting a chance to enjoy the greatest running back in team history (with no disrespect to Chuck Foreman).
Peterson, in my opinion, at this point should be both the league MVP as well as the Comeback Player of the year. Interestingly, he may get neither due to some guy in Denver named Manning. Those that know me know that my heart as a fan belongs to the Lions (I think the doc dropped me at birth). But one thing I have always said is that it is a treat to see great players no matter what uniform they wear. Montana, Sanders, Payton and the list goes on, is not Viking fan favorites. But they should have been your football favorites. I hope Peterson gets the all time record. I hope I get to see him run for many seasons to come. To return to form after major knee surgery is amazing. Enjoy it Viking fans and football fans in general, this is pretty special stuff going on.