Former Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would like to retire in purple

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Adrian Peterson
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Adrian Peterson /

Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson recently said that when it comes time for him to retire from the NFL, he would like to do it with his old team.

From 2007 to 2016, Adrian Peterson established himself as the greatest running back to ever suit up for the Minnesota Vikings in the history of the franchise.

Other running backs like Chuck Foreman and Robert Smith had impressive careers with the Vikings. But no running back has ever done what Peterson was able to in a Minnesota uniform.

That being said, Peterson‘s time in the NFL is very close to the end. Now 37-years-old, he would still like to play in the league, but will any team be interested in adding him to their roster?

Adrian Peterson says he would like to retire with the Minnesota Vikings

Peterson was recently in the Twin Cities to sign some autographs for fans and he spent a few minutes chatting with FOX 9’s Pierre Noujaim during the event.

Noujaim ended up asking Peterson if there was any chance that he could play for the Vikings again and this is what the future Hall of Famer had to say.

"“I’ve seen stranger things happen. But they’re set with [Dalvin Cook], he’s just a great talent.Who knows? It could possibly happen. But when it’s time for me to retire, of course, I’ll be back in a purple uniform, for sure.”"

Just as Peterson mentioned, Minnesota is already pretty set with Dalvin Cook in their backfield for the 2022 season. So the chances of the former Vikings running back re-joining his old team in 2022 seem very low.

Now, if Cook suffers an injury that knocks him out for a significant amount of time next season, then perhaps Minnesota would consider giving Peterson a call to come play for them.

Still, his recent performance has been the opposite of impressive, and there would likely be more than a handful of better running back options for the Vikings to sign if they need help next season.

So while Peterson spending his final year in the NFL with Minnesota isn’t very realistic, a scenario where the veteran running back signs a one-day contract to retire with the Vikings in the future is something that certainly seems more believable.

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