It’s still unbelievable how quickly Peterson recovered from knee surgery to have one of the best seasons in NFL history. It has been talked about ad nauseum by everyone and their brother, and it still is amazing. Peterson told NFL.com that it’s genetics that has allowed him to recover so quickly.
“This is also a matter of genetics,” Peterson told NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington this week. “Look at my dad. And my mom’s side, my aunts and uncles, they’re all ripped. At 50 years old, they’ve got six packs and eight packs. My body just heals differently. I know it has a lot to do with rehabilitation and work ethic — but I really credit my genetics for my recovery as much as anything else.”
Whatever it was, it worked. The Vikings brought Peterson back relative slowly to start the season. As a result, AP rushed for more than 100 yards just once in his first six games. Then, he slapped together possibly the greatest 10-game performance from a running back in NFL history. AP ran for more than 100 yards in nine of those games and surpassed 200 yards twice. As we all know, he fell just eight yards short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. We’ll know on February 2nd whether Peterson will receive the offensive MVP award.
Peterson’s comeback was (and still is) astounding. His comments, however, make us nervous. Call us superstitious sports fans, but it feels like he’s tempting fate here. Who knows. We just hope he isn’t jinxing himself for next season.