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Graham Bensinger: The last time we spoke was right before you were starting to visit teams. How did that go?Adrian Peterson: It went really good. I enjoyed the process of having the opportunity to take all of the visits. It was great to meet the coaches and some of the players that I grew up watching. It was a long, draining process, but it was exciting and worth it. Bensinger: Who were you most excited to meet? Peterson: Jon Gruden. Bensinger: Who did you least expect to meet? Peterson: Michael Irvin .
Best part of college: The relationship that will last a lifetime.
Worst part of college: Being away from your family.
Five people I'd most like to invite to dinner: Halle Berry, Mya, Michael Jordan, Shaq, Hulk Hogan
Last book read: The Secret
Last movie seen: The Pursuit of Happiness
The person you most admired growing up: Michael Jordan
Favorite video game: NCAA College Football
If I wasn't a football player, I'd be: a businessman
Dream date: Halle Berry
Favorite meal: Any kind of seafood.
No one would expect that I'd be: So lovable (for Halle Berry)
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Bensinger: How was he?Peterson: Real cool. He was funny and laid-back. He gave me some pointers and we exchanged numbers. Bensinger: If you were forced to pick the team that's most likely to select you, which would it be? Peterson: Cleveland. Bensinger: Why? Peterson: They have definitely showed a lot of interest. They need a running back and I'm predicted to go there, also. Bensinger: How did the visit with the Browns go? Peterson: It went pretty good. They're looking for a player to come in and help turn things around. The head coach, GM, and the running backs coach all showed a lot of interest in me. It was just a good feeling. Bensinger: Flaws are searched for when you're a projected top draft pick. We've previously discussed people calling you injury prone and I know you think that notion is ridiculous. How do you respond to those who think that you're more susceptible to injury because you go full speed all of the time? Peterson: That's why I'm in the position I'm in now. That's why I'll be in the top five. It's for running hard and being a very prepared person. Bensinger: It's just recently been reported that your marketing agent, Bill Henkel, faces felony charges of commercial bribery and theft. What has he said to you? Peterson: There was some confidential stuff that was said, but it was something that was done separately with another player. It has nothing to do with me personally. Bensinger: He hasn't been convicted, but how frustrating is it that your name has been attached to all of the news stories about it? Peterson: It's very frustrating. They try to spice up the news as much as they can. It's just sad that my name has to be thrown in this when I had nothing to do with it. People are just trying to get a story and make their money. It's sad. Bensinger: Will you keep him as your marketing agent?
|Adrian Peterson is confident he'll make an immediate impact in the NFL.|
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