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December 10, 2012 | By Michael Robinson
Adrian Peterson is back and looking to be better than ever -- and everybody. The Minnesota Vikings running back has 1,600 yards rushing with three games left to play a season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee. But his goal isn't 2,000 yards; he wants 2,106. After tearing apart the Chicago Bears' depleted defense for 154 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard scamper on the game's first play from scrimmage, Peterson told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he's eying the single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, set by Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 1984.
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December 19, 2013 | Wire reports
Aaron Rodgers looked fine on the practice field Thursday. It doesn't mean he is going to play. There was no definitive word on whether Rodgers would be medically cleared to return from his left collarbone injury in time for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was just another day in the guessing game called "When Will the Franchise Quarterback Return" for the Packers. Coach Mike McCarthy indicated he would name his starter Friday. Rodgers also made several references to his playing status being an "organizational decision.
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December 18, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has donated $50,000 to the disaster response veteran service organization Team Rubicon , which helps send experienced military veterans as  rapid emergency response relief teams to natural disaster sites and other crisis areas around the world. "Military veterans choose to serve even after they take off the uniform because they want to dedicate themselves to a cause larger than their own," Peterson said. "Supporting organizations like Team Rubicon before, during, and after times of disaster allows them to continue their important missions in communities worldwide.
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December 11, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
It takes quite the sales job to explain why a medically cleared Robert Griffin III won't play for the rest of the season. Embattled Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan realized that and gave it his best shot Wednesday, speaking passionately at times in a 28-minute news conference that included references to the team's "circus atmosphere" and insistences that the move isn't a ploy to get himself fired. The upshot is that Griffin will be the inactive third quarterback for the Redskins' final three games, behind starter Kirk Cousins and backup Rex Grossman.
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February 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Look out NFL, Adrian Peterson has had another surgery, which means he will probably play even better next season. The Minnesota Vikings running back and NFL MVP had surgery for a sports hernia  Thursday. The Vikings made the announcement on their website and say they “expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns.” Peterson returned from a torn ACL, an injury that has ended some careers, to rush for 2,097 yards last season, the second-highest total in NFL history.
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May 29, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
It's 2013, and finally the public is beginning to acknowledge that, believe it or not, there are gay athletes who, believe it or not, compete in major professional sports. And that's a great thing. When NBA center Jason Collins made headlines last month as the first male athlete to come out in a major professional sport, it seemed that everyone from LeBron James to Barack Obama wanted to offer the Washington Wizards player words of admiration. But even the support of Lil Wayne and Bill Clinton cannot hide an important reality -- from collegiate to professional play, gay athletes still face an uphill battle.
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September 8, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Never has an NFL player rushed for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons, but Minnesota's Adrian Peterson is certainly off on the right foot. The Vikings star and reigning NFL most valuable player tore off a 78-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage at Detroit. Peterson came nine yards short last season of surpassing the NFL's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, set by the Los Angeles Rams' Eric Dickerson in 1984. Peterson has said he thinks he can get 2,500 yards this season.
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April 25, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Barry Sanders will grace the cover of the latest installment of the mega-popular Madden video football games 15 years after retiring from the NFL. EA Sports had fans vote on who would appear on the front of Madden 25 using a 64-player bracket system -- 32 retired players representing the "old school" and 32 current players representing the "new school. " Sanders garnered 58% of the vote over "new school" finalist Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. I am shocked, excited, humbled, elated.
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December 31, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson finished the season nine yards short of the NFL season rushing record, and he had one person on his mind afterward: Eric Dickerson, the man who still has the record. “I know Eric Dickerson is feeling so good right now,” Peterson said with a chuckle. “But God willing, I'll get it next year.” Peterson's run for the record was even more remarkable when you consider he tore ligaments in his left knee last season, an injury that is difficult for a running back to return from.
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December 17, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
This week's Monday edition of our NFL Google+ hangout -- "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam," starring Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer and Mark Thompson of "Mark and Brian" radio fame -- covered many topics, one being Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson has a chance at breaking Eric Dickerson's record for most rushing yards in a season. Dickerson rushed for 2,105 yards for the L.A. Rams in 1984. Peterson has 1,812 yards with two games remaining, against the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers.
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December 1, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
This won't go down as a satisfying season for Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, but it will be a milestone one. Peterson, the league's reigning most valuable player, surpassed 10,000 yards for his career Sunday in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears. He finished with 211 yards in 35 carries in a 23-20 overtime victory at the Metrodome. It took Peterson 101 games to reach 10,000 yards, three more games than it took Jim Brown and 10 more than Eric Dickerson needed. Peterson crossed the threshold two games sooner than Barry Sanders.
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October 11, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has died from injuries sustained in an alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child's mother, according to police in Sioux Falls, S.D. Joseph Patterson, the mother's 27-year-old boyfriend, has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant. Police say the state attorney's office is reviewing the case to consider additional charges against Patterson, who is being held in the Minnehaha County Jail.
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September 14, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Denver is unstoppable. Baltimore is toast. San Diego chokes. So do Washington and the New York Giants. Detroit and Kansas City have finally turned the corner. It's so tempting to look at what happened in Week 1 of the NFL season and extrapolate the way the rest of the fall will unfold. We do it every year, forever forgetting that the snapshot we get in the first couple of weeks of the regular season is almost always deceiving. Let's look back at some of what we gathered from the first two weeks of the 2012 season, and how our initial impressions weren't always on target: •Watch out, single-season sack record.
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September 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Though USC lost to Washington State last week, the Trojans defense played well for the second consecutive game--this time with help from cornerback Torin Harris. Harris, a senior, had been a reserve behind Anthony Brown and Kevon Seymour in the opener against Hawaii, but he earned the start because both suffered injuries. Harris extinguished a Washington State threat by intercepting a pass in the end zone. He finished with six tackles. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said Harris stepped up after playing inconsistently during spring practice and fall camp.
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September 9, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Adrian Peterson has a long way to go if he wants to reach his goal of an unprecedented 2,500 yards rushing this season. The Minnesota running back's 93 yards with two touchdowns in the Vikings' 34-24 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday weren't bad, but they fell short of our expectations for the reigning NFL MVP. At this rate, Peterson will finish the season with 1,488 yards rushing -- a great number but a far cry from last year's near-record 2,097...
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September 8, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Never has an NFL player rushed for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons, but Minnesota's Adrian Peterson is certainly off on the right foot. The Vikings star and reigning NFL most valuable player tore off a 78-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage at Detroit. Peterson came nine yards short last season of surpassing the NFL's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, set by the Los Angeles Rams' Eric Dickerson in 1984. Peterson has said he thinks he can get 2,500 yards this season.
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September 8, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Nick Pasquale, a walk-on receiver at UCLA, died early Sunday morning after being hit by a vehicle in San Clemente, according to an Orange County coroner's report. Pasquale, 20, was in his second season with the UCLA team. He was a graduate of San Clemente High. “The driver called in the accident and waited at the scene,” said Lt. Gary Strachan, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's department. “No one was arrested.” Strachan said that deputies were investigating the accident.
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September 2, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Eric Dickerson flew. So has time. It has been 29 years since the former Los Angeles Rams star set the NFL's single-season rushing record - a span that matches his jersey number - and now the Hall of Fame back once again waits to see if his mark of 2,105 yards will fall. If last year was an indication, though, Dickerson won't be glued to the TV, wringing his hands every time Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson gets a handoff. While Peterson was moving ever closer to the record in a 2012 regular-season finale, Mr. 2,105 wasn't even watching.
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