Adrian Peterson wants to ‘retire a Viking’ when he’s done in the NFL

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Adrian Peterson
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Adrian Peterson /

The former Minnesota Vikings running back is with the Washington Redskins now and he’s currently preparing to play in his 13th NFL season.

Heading into a Week 1 matchup against his former team in 2017, Adrian Peterson wasn’t too happy with the Minnesota Vikings for letting him hit free agency a few months earlier. Then with the New Orleans Saints, Peterson said that he planned to, “stick it to (the Vikings),” in his return to U.S. Bank Stadium.

Well, it didn’t exactly work out the way the veteran running back had hoped. Minnesota easily defeated the Saints in their 2017 regular season opener and Peterson was held to just 18 rushing yards on six carries.

Currently, the 34-year-old running back is a member of the Washington Redskins and he’s preparing to suit up for his 13th season in the NFL. Peterson is coming off a 2018 campaign that saw him rush for more than 1,000 yards for the eighth time in his career.

Given his age, retirement is likely on the horizon for the former Vikings running back. Whenever that day comes, Peterson already knows which organization he’d like to end his football career with.

"“I’m going to retire a Viking. I was here a decade, (I made) some great memories, some everlasting friends. I’m just forever indebted to the state of Minnesota. I’ll definitely be retiring a Viking, for sure.”"

Perhaps the running back’s relationship with the Vikings is better than people thought. Some of his comments after his departure from Minnesota in 2017 made it seem like he was a little bitter with how his time with the team came to an end.

But the former Vikings running back recently revealed that he doesn’t believe he, “left on bad terms,” and that the departure was, “mutually beneficial,” for both parties.

Peterson has certainly seemed to change his tune about the franchise that drafted him in 2007. Maybe someone whispered in his ear to let him know that it would probably be a smart idea to keep a good relationship with a team that stood behind him during all of his legal troubles in 2014.

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So obviously Peterson would like to do the whole sign a one-day contract thing and retire with Minnesota whenever that time comes. But is this something that the Vikings would like to see happen as well?