After tearing his MCL and ACL on Dec. 24, 2011, the Vikings running back came back and ran for 2,097 yards this season, nine yards short of Eric Dickerson's 1984 record.
How does it feel to redefine the standard for coming back from a knee injury?
ADRIAN PETERSON: It took a lot of hard work and prayer. But genetically, I've got a little edge [in] healing.
When did you start running with this style?
AP: Since I started playing tackle outside. That'll make you run angry.
You're not afraid to initiate contact.
AP: Growing up watching other guys play, I saw a lot of backs tiptoe through the hole and take the hits. Running backs get hit a lot, so I want to be the guy delivering the blows.
Do you want to add even more muscle to help protect yourself?