The face of the Minnesota Vikings has found a new home. Adrian Peterson totaled nearly 14,000 yards and over 100 touchdowns over the last decade as he certainly made his mark in Minneapolis.
"Adrian to me is, since I've been here, the greatest Minnesota Viking to ever put on that uniform. He is a hall-of-fame player, and he will go down in history as one of the greatest rushers in the NFL, if not the greatest," Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said.
And the Vikings won't have to wait long to have a reunion with the former MVP. New Orleans and Minnesota will kick-off their season with a Monday-night match up in week one, and the Vikes defensive unit can't wait.
"You know, we always, because you're never able to touch him during practice, so you always had to run by him and tag-off, but I think it's going to be a fun opportunity now, because every time we do, I be like, ohhh, I can't wait, ohhh, I can't wait, but now, we get the opportunity to go out there and really hit him," Vikings Defensive End Everson Griffen said.
"We have to do what we have to do! When he gets the ball, we have to tackle him. You know, usually we don't tackle him and don't him at all in practice, but that's also going to be different," Vikings Cornerback Xavier Rhodes said.
Replacing AP will be 27 year old Latavius Murray. The former Oakland Raiders tailback grew up admiring Peterson, and jumped at the opportunity to replace a legend.
"You know, I know I got some big shoes to fill, but as a fan of his, and to watch and admire what he has done, and to do it at a place for so long as he as done here - I knew, you know there was no doubt in my mind you know what I mean," Vikings Running back Latavius Murray said.
The pro-bowler averaged nearly 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns the last two seasons. This year, he'll look to have an even bigger role with the Vikings.
"They want me to try to be on the field as much as I can, whether it's first, second, or third down. But it's my job to make sure I'm staying in tune in the playbook right now and learning every bit of this offense to give myself that chance to be on the field as much as I can," Murray said.