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From one freak of nature to another: Adrian Peterson’s advice to Derrick Rose on injury

Published on November 12th, 2012 by Astramskas, David | 3,586 views

Coming back from a torn ACL & MCL, Minnesota Viking player Adrian Peterson has been one of the biggest stories of the NFL this season.  That freak of nature that is Doctor AP had some advice for Derrick Rose who is trying to overcome the mental aspects of rehab for his own torn ligaments.

I have all the respect in the world for AP but I think Rose should just take this advice as encouragement from one great athlete to another.  He needs to listen to the Doctors and advisers that he is probably seeing on a weekly basis and not risk any rehab setbacks by pushing and challenging himself too hard too soon.

If watching AP on the football field isn’t proof enough that he’s a freak of nature, I have a basketball story.  A couple of years ago, me and dunk inventor and current Texas Legend draftee Kenny Dobbs were shooting around with Peterson.   It was obvious that Peterson wasn’t used to dunking with his awkward steps and lead into a dunk attempt, but feeling inspired by watching KD throw down some crazy dunks, Peterson would stumble towards the rim, jump, high really high, and throw down really hard.  It reminded me of the scene in ‘Airplane’  when the guy shows a tribe (played by the Globetrotters) the concept of basketball and within seconds they are dunking and making trick shots.   After a couple of minutes, I was thinking Adrian Peterson could be one of the best dunkers in the world if he cared to practice dunking.  His athletic ability was that impressive and that’s also how I described a pre injured Rose.

Hopefully we will be praising Rose next year the way we are praising Peterson this year.

 

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