Adrian Peterson Nearly Duped into Gaining Weight

Remember that plan Adrian Peterson had to make himself more powerful and durable by gaining 10 pounds?  The one Brad Childress basically shot down as foolish as soon as he heard about it?  Well, now we know where Adrian got the idea from, and let’s just say, the guys who planted it in his impressionable young head did not have his best interests at heart.  Jim Corbett of USA Today has the scoop:

Adrian Peterson was seeking advice from several respected elders about how to take his dazzling game to the next level only to unwittingly fall prey to a Pro Bowl speed trap.

Some defensive veterans were hanging poolside at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa in Oahu, Hawaii, in February and had some wink-wink fun at the reigning rushing champion’s expense.

Want to get better, Adrian?

Here’s the surefire formula: Bulk up, one of the vets suggested. Add 10 more pounds to that 6-1, 220-pound frame and watch the extra yards pile up.

Peterson, an earnest 24-year-old with the Minnesota Vikings, took the bait hook, line and sinker.

That was clear when he espoused his newfound, self-improvement strategy to a couple of news reporters after practice the next day.

“I don’t think too many guys would be too excited to see me at 230 pounds twice a year,” Peterson said then. “I’ll be pretty nasty.”

Fortunately, Peterson’s father, Nelson, got wind of the attempted scam and urged his son not to sacrifice his 4.37-second speed over 40 yards by packing on added body armor.

AD’s dad knows which defensive player tried to work the scam on him, but isn’t telling.  All he’ll say is that Ray Lewis was in the group at the pool, but Lewis wasn’t the guy responsible for the attempted dupe-job.  Okay, this makes Adrian look a little dumb, but remember he’s still pretty young, and I think it’s sort of refreshing that he looks up to the older guys in the league enough to seek out their advice.  He’s trying to get better, right?  He just needs to be more careful about what notions he allows guys to put in his head.  If it ain’t broke, AD, don’t fix it.

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  • Mike

    This article shows that players don’t always know what they are doing even if they are as great as AD.  It also makes me glad I put in my 2 cents worth.  I was very upset that AD was planning on adding weight and even put that in an article as not being the answer.  Now if only they listen to me about the QB, Favre will pull defenders from the box and allow AD to run wild, instead of needing to bulk up to absorb damage on the line.

  • Mike

    But I am going to have to take some issue about the reporting on this article.  The articles I read actually said things like Childress doesn’t know or is not worried about AD gaining weight.  Not as strongly negative, although admittedly clearly not positive, about the weight gain.  And why has AD continued to talk about gaining weight even durin the last week or two?  I think people have not been on AD hard enough to stop his bulking plan.

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  • Nick

    Ok wow. Using this Logic you could say losing 10lbs or even 20 would even make him faster. Bullshit. These guys have no idea what they are talking about