With regards to Adrian Peterson I made the biggest mistake a true sports fan can make. I turned my back and stopped believing in an elite athlete that was a favorite of mine. After he shredded his knee last season he promised he would return in 9 months better than ever. I was skeptical. Even after he started non-contact football drills in July I was skeptical. Fantasy draft after fantasy draft I passed on my dude. Now he's making me regret I ever doubted his resolve and his word.
If you're a fan of a player you should ride with them to the end. I didn't do that with Adrian. I thought I would be setting myself up for failure. Many have tried, but NO ONE has ever come back from a knee injury that severe looking no worse for wear. It's unusual for me to let logic override my emotions (especially when it comes to superstars), but I just didn't see this kind of effort on the horizon.
In his prime Adrian Peterson was the quintessential running back. He had speed, power, and grace. He could catch out of the back field and pass protect like an offensive lineman. Given his performance so far this season it's hard to argue Peterson isn't still in his prime years.