Peterson backs run game in Texas schools


IRVING, Texas -- High school football in Texas has evolved from "run first, pass later," to "pass first, and don't ever run."

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, considered one of the top players at his position, is from Palestine, Texas, two hours southeast of Dallas. When Peterson was in high school, running the ball was still in vogue. He rushed for 305 yards and six touchdowns in the first half of a game in 2003, his senior season.

His high school coach elected to sit him for the second half. But recently, Texas high schools have turned from run-oriented offenses to the spread.

"It's cool, it is what it is," Peterson said on a conference call with reporters. "Me among other running backs in the NFL, we're going to make sure we keep it alive. There's a lot of kids out there that look up to us and pride themselves on being the best, and it will show. When you put on film as a running back, this is what you can do, you can't be denied. As long as we're able to keep young guys out there hungry, fighting to be the best and giving them something to shoot for, then the running back will always stay alive and be relevant."