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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  • Thomas Stenzel

    That’s your view of what Adrian said. He’s a winner and an achiever, and he would have naturally wanted to win the Heisman Trophy. However, he didn’t win it. He remembers who did but he’s not trying to take away that man’s trophy. He’s got things going for him and he knows it. You writers are the ones that ask the questions and then you put your spin to it. He’s happy for Matt, but in his mind he thinks he was worthy of the award and why not? Didn’t he show then he was good? He still thinks he’s good and I don’t know how you would argue with that now or then.

  • MikeH123

    Sorry but I am just not buying any of the trash talk from AD. What happened to humble modest AD? 2500 yards, give me a break. No running back that got 2000 yards ever followed with even 1500. Now Jared Allen is talking about the sack record. I only care about the Super Bowl and they are diverting their attention from that goal. I feel a let down coming on like they did after their 12-4 season in 2009. Maybe 6-10 again this year?

    • disqus_yq06YxNxTr

      Barry Sanders followed his 2000 yard season with just over 1600 yards. Sanders is the 2nd best back ever to play the game followed by AP. I think its a good thing for AP to vent alittle bit but, who really cares about Matt Leinart??? Most of the Heisman Trophy winners fade out like a shooting stars. AP is the vikings North Star that will always shine bright and lead us to the Superbowl. Skol Vikings!!!!!

      • MikeH123

        Say what??? My sources show Sanders had 1491 yards and he did the best of all of the 2000 yard rushers. Regardless, good QBs win far more super bowls than good RBs. And the Vikings have 2 QBs that are not much better than Leinart. Add that to the Vikings newly arrogant attitude and the joke is on AD and the Vikings.