If there’s one name Arizona Cardinals veterans don’t like hearing, it’s Adrian Peterson. The Minnesota Vikings picked him at No. 7 in the 2007 NFL draft, two spots after the Cardinals chose offensive tackle Levi Brown.
The rest, as they say, is history. Peterson, who was chosen by his peers as the one player who’s not a teammate they would like to see play in a Super Bowl, went on to become one of the best running backs in history while Brown, who played in Super Bowl XLIII, has been, by all measures, a bust.
While the players grimace at the thought of having Peterson wear Cardinal red, Arizona fans have nightmares over the possibility of pairing a running game headed by Peterson with a passing game led by Larry Fitzgerald. If that happened, it’s very unlikely Peterson would have been eligible for this category.
A lot of talented players haven’t had a chance to play on the final Sunday of the season, but just imagine Peterson breaking loose for 200 yards and dodging tackles while defenders bounced off him on the game’s biggest stage? It would be football at its finest. And it would continue to give Cardinals fans nightmares.