Adrian Peterson: Players using HGH

Updated: July 26, 2013, 7:29 PM ET
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com

MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said Friday he is certain that NFL players have used and are using HGH and that he is looking forward to the day when the league establishes a testing program to start "evening out the playing field."

Peterson acknowledged social media speculation that he used the drug to aid his recovery last year from knee surgery and said he is eager to prove he is clean.

"You've got HGH, something that doesn't show up on a test, and you've got guys out there trying to provide for their families," Peterson said. "They're going to try to get that edge, get that advantage, especially if they're not worried about trying to get caught. Yeah, it's being used."

Peterson said he heard from plenty of people on Twitter who were convinced his MVP performance last season -- which began less than nine months after major knee surgery -- was aided by HGH or another performance-enhancing drug. He specifically noted having seen the Twitter handle @HGHPeterson.

"[Testing] will bring a lot of people to light," Peterson said. "It'll clear a lot of people, on the outside, their curiosity when it comes to different players. So I'm all-in for it. I don't worry about those types of supplements, using those, because I'm all natural.

"I work hard. This right here, it's a test for me personally that I know that, 'Hey, I'm clean as a whistle,' and other guys as well. And then, like I say, it'll bring some guys to the forefront and be like, 'Hey, I guess this is how this guy's been performing so well.'"

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