Adrian Peterson is a running back currently playing for Washington Redskins. Previously, Peterson played for Minnesota Vikings (2007–2016), New Orleans Saints (2017), and Arizona Cardinals (2017).
Adrian Peterson was born on March 21st, 1985, in Palestine Texas. Both of his parents were athletes in college. His father, Nelson Peterson, played basketball in Idaho and was considered an NBA prospect. Unfortunately, a gun-related accident ended his career. His mother, Bonita Brown, was a three-time Texas state champion in track and field during her time at Westwood High School. She attended the University of Houston, where she competed as a long jumper and sprinter.
Adrian had an older brother Brian, who was killed by a drunk driver when Adrian was nine. The sport was a way for him to cope with the loss and grief. When Adrian was 13, his father was arrested on charges of laundering money for a crack cocaine ring. Adrian attended Palestine High School, where he competed in football, basketball, and track. Even those early years, many predicted him an NFL career, but one of his track coaches said that, had he not chosen football, he would be an Olympic sprinter. Regardless, Adrian decided to pursue a career in football and by his senior year, there were plenty of Division 1 colleges offering him scholarships.
As a five-star recruit, Adrian could pick any college he wanted. UCLA, Texas, Miami, and Texas A&M all tried to sign him, but he opted for the University of Oklahoma and coach Bob Stoops. Despite dislocating his shoulder, his freshman career was amazing and he ended up second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Next year, he suffered a broken foot, yet still managed to be named to the All-Big 12 Conference team. In his junior year, he again had a misfortune and broke his collar bone, missing seven games in the season. During the seven he played, he managed to rush 1,112 yards.
Adrian decided to enter the draft in 2007, foregoing his final year of college. Experts were predicting that he would be a top ten pick, although some were worried about his injuries. Nevertheless, Peterson believed he can be a gamechanger for any team, saying in an interview: “I’m a player who is coming in with the determination to turn a team around. I want to help my team get to the playoffs, win…and run wild. I want to bring people to the stands. I want people to come to the game to see what I can do next. Things like that can change the whole attitude of an organization. I want to win.”
He was picked at number seven by Minnesota Vikings, a team he stayed with for 10 seasons, breaking multiple records and winning NFL MVP award in 2012.
Adrian Peterson Net Worth 2020
Adrian had several lucrative contracts during his career, both from teams he played for and sponsors for endorsement deals. Adrian Peterson’s net worth in 2020 is estimated at $30 million.