Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson sat down with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports and was asked if he’s heard about people claiming that he’s on “the juice” after an amazing comeback from ACL surgery in 2012.
Paterson acknowledged that he’s heard the rumors, and said that a player on the Lions even asked him what he was on.
“Whatever you were juicing on, let me know. I need it,” said the Lions player, per Peterson.
Peterson said he then replied, “Man, it’s a lot of prayer. The juice of God.”
The next time the Lions and Vikings played, that same Lions player told Peterson that what he said touched him.
“It was like turning a negative into a positive,” Peterson said. “To be honest with you, it makes me feel good when people say little stuff like that, and I’m sure it happens all the time. I guess I am performing that well that people think I’m juicing, that I am taking something. That really shows me how much God has blessed me to be able to come back and play the way I played. To me, it’s a compliment (the PED talk). I’ve always been an honest person. I never cheated the system. I am big on taking advantage of my natural abilities and applying work ethic to it to be able to climb the highest level. People make that decision to do that (PEDS), but I’m not that individual. I feel like I’d be cheating myself. And things I’ve accomplished would be void. That’s not what I am about.”
Peterson believes he can gain 3,000 yards in one season.
“It’s possible, it can happen,” Peterson said. “When I look back on the film and see those first five games, 2,500 yards was reachable. The record was crushed. Considering the time I played and the games I kind of sat out. The first five weeks I really didn’t get to play that much. I feel comfortable with that if you watched the Minnesota Vikings and watched our team play, you know the record was broken easily (if he was healthier earlier).”