“It would mean a lot, especially coming off an ACL injury, to lead the league in rushing,” Peterson said. “You never know what (is possible). MVP? Comeback Player? There are so many different things that could happen. It would let me know all the workouts I put in paid off.”
A week after his gruesome injury, Peterson’s torn ACL was replaced by a graft from his patellar tendon, anchored by two screws.
When he left the hospital, he vowed he would be ready for the season opener. Eight months later, he rushed for 84 yards in the Vikings’ opener despite being held out of preseason games.
But surely even Peterson is a little surprised to post a career-best season after suffering a major knee injury, right?
“Not at all,” Peterson said. “If you were around during rehab and saw how intense I was working out, the grind to get back just to play at the start of the season, you would understand. I’m not surprised. I expected all this to happen.
“My body is holding up well. Each week I feel I’m getting stronger. I feel like I’m better than I was last year before I had the injury. But my left leg is still stronger than my right leg. It’s almost there but not quite. When that heals, I’ll be stronger and faster and be more explosive.”