Jul 26, 2013; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) carries the ball during training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson Disses Matt Leinart

Dan Wiederer’s long interview with Adrian Peterson is full of juicy tidbits including more HGH talk, bold predictions about catching Emmitt Smith and a little Percy Harvin discussion. But maybe the juiciest line – from a troublemaking blogger standpoint – involves Matt Leinart, the one-time USC QB who in some people’s minds stole the Heisman Trophy from Adrian in 2004.

You would expect a guy as competitive as Adrian to still harbor a lot of bitterness about the loss of the Heisman, even with all he’s accomplished subsequently. But according to Adrian he doesn’t feel that bad about it. Wiederer asked him if winning the MVP made up for losing the Heisman and here’s what Adrian said:

Yeah. I think it can make up for that a little bit. This one’s definitely bigger. And I look at that [Heisman] Trophy now and knowing that Matt Leinart has it, with how his career went, I would rather him have it. At least he has something positive to look back on and say, “I won the Heisman.” I feel good that he has it. Even though I know it should have been mine.

I’ve seen Adrian Peterson truck a lot of fools on the football field but that’s the first time I’ve ever seen him truck someone verbally. “Yeah Matt Leinart, it’s cute that you won the Heisman instead of me. How’s that working out for you now by the way? What team are you playing for? You’re not in Canada are you? That’s okay if you are. Canada’s…cool.”

The great thing about it is, what can Matt Leinart really say back? Nothing. He just has to keep his mouth shut and take it. “Yeah Adrian, you got me. I won a stupid college award that’s mostly about politics and then did nothing. Meanwhile, you’re on your way to the Hall of Fame. Here, take my pants.”

Matt Leinart, how does it feel to be vaporized? But look on the bright side. At least you’re not Brady Quinn. That would truly suck.

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