The 2012-2013 season of Adrian Peterson keeps getting even more unbelievable. Not only did he make a comeback from a torn ACL, he had his best season. Not only did he have the second best rushing season (according to yards) ever, he played seven games with a sports hernia.
On Thursday, Peterson had surgery to repair the sports hernia.
According to an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Peterson suffered the sports hernia against Detroit in Week 10.
“I suffered the injury against Detroit at home, but I didn’t know how the extent I was hurt then. I just remember getting twisted up pretty bad in an awkward position….
“…Each week it just got worse and worse and worse. I kept thinking to myself why is this happening and why now. With everything that I was going through with my knee I just said to myself I am not going to let this bring me down. I just focused on doing my rehab, getting rest and continuing to play.”
After the Vikings bye week, Peterson barely practiced. He played seven games with a sports hernia. In that time, he rushed for 1,068 yards and came nine yards shy of breaking the NFL single-season rushing season.
“It definitely impacted my play,” Peterson told ESPN. “I wasn’t 100 percent, but I wanted to win a championship. I wasn’t going to stop or quit. I made a decision to keep going. I don’t want to make it seem like the sports hernia made me miss it. I could have done it with the injury. All I can say is that I would have had better performances.”
The Vikings announced that Peterson is expected to make a “speedy recovery with no long-term concerns.”
Learning that Peterson had his best games of the season while playing with a sports hernia is amazing. This guy feels no pain (well he does, but it doesn’t show on the field). Peterson’s 2012 story just got that much better.