32-year-old running back Adrian Peterson looked like an MVP candidate in his debut with the Arizona Cardinals last weekend, rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Buccaneers. Peterson’s teammates were in awe of his performance and his ability as a power runner. Quarterback Carson Palmer said after the game that Peterson nearly “ripped my shoulder out of its joint” on routine handoffs.
The Cardinals are in London this weekend to face the Los Angeles Rams, and Palmer offered another borderline frightening insight into Peterson as an athlete. According to Palmer, Peterson hits the ground so hard with his stride you can “hear his feet.”
“He’s putting so much force into the ground with every step. With a cut, when he’s going to sprint, he’s just different…. He’s very unique. He’s one of one. He runs so differently and so angry, I guess would be describing it. He runs with so much violence, every run, inside zone, outside zone.”
Peterson’s work ethic – which all of his teammates rave about – and his seemingly supernatural athletic ability are allowed him to return to the sport after multiple knee injuries. If Peterson can remain healthy, there’s no reason…