It was an exciting back and forth game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers during the final game of the 2012 season.
The final minutes of the game the score was tied up a couple of times, and it came down to the wire whether the Packers or the Vikings would win.
Peterson became only the seventh NFL running back to reach 2,000 in a single season, but he fell shy just nine yards of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105 yards set in 1984.
There is something amazing about this young man of faith, and if you have followed his story you know this to be true. Last year at this time, he suffered a devastating knee injury in a game against the Washington Redskins.
Peterson suffered two tears, one to his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and another to his MCL (medial collateral ligament). Not only did Peterson find comfort in God during his rehab, but he believed that he would come back stronger and better than before.
He told CBN’s Tom Buehring, “my dad, he came down from the stands and came into the locker room to talk to me and I remember telling him, ‘This is a blessing in disguise. I’ll come back stronger and better than I was before.’”
He clung to the promises of God during his painful rehab. The scripture that helped him get through his injury was Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Indeed, it appears that Adrian Peterson found that strength and used it to go beyond what anyone could have imagined him doing, especially after last year’s injury.
During the post game interview when asked if he was disappointed about missing the record by nine yards, Peterson replied, “needed nine what?” So from his reaction he was not aware he missed the record by only nine yards. He also said, his main focus was on winning the game. “If it happens, (breaking the record) it happens but don’t focus on it.” Peterson could also be heard when the interview broke off thanking God.
Congratulations are in order for an amazing season that Adrian Peterson gave to the Minnesota Viking fans and this will certainly be a season to remember. Peterson now takes his place among the elite running backs of the NFL who have rushed for 2,000 yards or more in a season. He moves into the number two spot just nine yards behind Eric Dickerson.
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