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The Purple “Jesus”
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-He is swift as a cheetah.
But he doesn’t run, he gallops.
He, in fact, glides like a gazelle with the ball tightly gripped in his hands, high-stepping his way down the field as if he was legendary Hall of Famer RB Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears.
He is bruising back; who violently breaks through weak would be arm tackles.
For this reason, he is often compared to a runaway freight train speeding down a track.
Rarely, if never, does he try to avoid contact.
Because, he usually attacks his defenders head on by trying to steam roll over all of them.
And despite falling short of breaking the University of Oklahoma’s rushing record by 73 yards due to an injured collarbone, losing the Heisman Trophy to USC’s QB Matt Leinart and being selected six slots behind, possibly the biggest bust draft in NFL’s history, the Oakland Raiders No.1 overall pick, Jamarcus Russell in 2007, he keeps on truckin’.
Last year, in effect, he carried the pigskin 348 times, with 10 games hundred yard games, for 2,097 yards, which was eight yards shy of breaking the NFL Hall of Famer’s Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record, despite a near career ending injury, which he tore both his ACL and MCL.
This year, however, he intends to shatter Dickerson’s record. He claims his goal is 2,500 yards.
But, hell, he might be the first running back in NFL history to reach 3,000 yards from the way he is “bolting” pass linebackers, cutting by cornerbacks and sprints by safeties.
And at only 27 years old, Adrian Peterson still has a lot of mileage left in those thighs.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where received a B.A. in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Radio & Television, and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his reports appear daily along with his controversial cartoon in the Bobbee Bee The Hater. Graham can be reached at email@example.com