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Adrian Peterson

Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985 in Palestine, Texas), nicknamed "A. D." (for "All Day") and "Purple Jesus", is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. Peterson was selected by the Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma. While at Oklahoma, Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman. As a First-team All-American, he also set a freshman record by finishing as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting (USC's Matt Leinart won the award). Peterson finished as the school's third all-time leading rusher. Following his stellar first pro season in which he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game (296), Peterson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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Cris Carter -- I'm Pulling for Ray Rice

Cris Carter
I'm Pulling for Ray Rice

He lashed out at Adrian Peterson ... but when it comes to Ray Rice, Cris Carter tells TMZ Sports he's rooting for the NFL star to get his life back together. Carter was on his way to the… READ MORE >

Minnesota Vikings -- No Trace of Radisson ... At Today's Press Conference

Minnesota Vikings
No Trace of Radisson At Today's Press Conference

Didn't take long for the Minnesota Vikings to scrub all signs of the Radisson after the hotel suspended its relationship with the NFL team ... because the logo is noticeably absent on the team… READ MORE >

- 39 days ago
Adrian Peterson -- NIKE SUSPENDS CONTRACT ... 'We Don't Condone Domestic Violence'

Adrian Peterson
NIKE SUSPENDS CONTRACT 'We Don't Condone Domestic Violence'

It was only a matter of time ... but Nike has announced it has suspended its endorsement contract with Adrian Peterson. The Swoosh just issued a statement saying, "Nike in no way condones… READ MORE >

- 39 days ago
Adrian Peterson -- Barred from the Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson
Barred from the Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have reversed their decision on Adrian Peterson and decided to bar him from all team activities until his child abuse case is resolved.  Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and… READ MORE >

- 39 days ago
Adrian Peterson -- Hey Nike ... We're Still Cool, Right?

Adrian Peterson
Hey Nike ... We're Still Cool, Right?

Accused child abuser Adrian Peterson wants to remind you -- he's still one of the faces of Nike ... emerging from his home today decked out in Swoosh gear. The embattled Vikings running back… READ MORE >

- 40 days ago
Adrian Peterson -- ANOTHER Child Abuse Investigation ... AP Cleared

Adrian Peterson
Another Child Abuse Investigation AP Cleared

5:05 PM PT -- Sources close to the investigation tell TMZ the reason the case went nowhere is because Adrian did NOT strike the boy in the forehead -- but instead the child accidentally hit his… READ MORE >

- 40 days ago
Adrian Peterson -- I'M SORRY I HURT MY CHILD ... I Met with a Shrink

Adrian Peterson
I'M SORRY I HURT MY CHILD I Met with a Shrink

Adrian Peterson has just released the following statement ... asking everyone to "understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child."Peterson also says he has met with a… READ MORE >

- 40 days ago
Adrian Peterson -- NFL Asks D.A. ... Give Us Everything You Got in Child Abuse Case

Adrian Peterson
NFL Asks D.A. Give Us Everything You Got

The NFL contacted Texas prosecutors Monday ... asking for all available information on the Adrian Peterson child abuse case ... TMZ Sports has learned.An official from the Montgomery County… READ MORE >

- 41 days ago
Adrian Peterson -- WILL PLAY THIS WEEK ... Vikings Announce

Adrian Peterson
WILL PLAY THIS WEEK ... Vikings Announce

Adrian Peterson will RETURN to the Minnesota Vikings this week -- and will play against the New Orleans Saints Sunday ... the team has announced. The Vikings deactivated Peterson in the wake… READ MORE >

- 41 days ago
Texas Congressman -- 'I'M ALL FOR DISCIPLINE' ... But I've Never Used a 'Switch'

Texas Congressman
'I'M ALL FOR DISCIPLINE' But I've Never Used a 'Switch'

Not everyone in Texas believes in "switch" justice -- so says Texas congressman Michael McCaul who tells TMZ Sports he doesn't believe hitting kids with a branch like Adrian Peterson. McCaul… READ MORE >

- 41 days ago

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