Brett Favre is easily the Vikings player in the lead for most headlines this offseason, for better or worse.
For better or worse, Adrian Peterson comes in at second place.
The Oklahoman brings us the latest Adrian Peterson quotes after catching up with him at a football camp he is hosting in Norman.
On holding a camp for local at-risk kids: “This has been instilled in me for a long time. Anytime I have the opportunity, I like to tell the kids that anything is possible. Especially these kids in particular, this group, in a different alternative school. Encouraging them to take the right steps to be successful. Having the faith and believing.”
On how he would evaluate his cameo on the HBO series “Entourage”:“50-50. I’m always hard on myself. It was cool, though, being around the guys. It was cool. To me, when I look at it, my mind was telling me, some of the guys, when they show the back scene footage, those guys were more excited to see you, and it was vice versa for me. That’s pretty much how it is in Hollywood. It was all fun.”
On what he can do to correct his fumbling troubles: “The challenge began at the end of the season, putting those thoughts behind me. As far as fumbling, that’s part of the game. Out there, I’m not tossing the balls to the guys. Some of these guys are making plays, striking the ball. But I know what I have to do as a player to help my team, to accomplish our ultimate goal, and that’s to win the NFC North and win a Super Bowl. And that’s really staying focused. You know, small things, where I can sharpen up.”
On what he’s hearing about QB Brett Favre:“I saw him down in L.A. for the first time this offseason, down at the ESPYs. Looking in his eyes, I got the sense he was coming back. I’ll be going down to his house, telling him, ‘Favre, I need you back.’ I grew up watching Favre. I’m as big a fan of his as the people that’s watching him. People in Green Bay that’s been watching him all his life. Just to have the opportunity to play with him and come up short, it would definitely feel good (if he came back) this year (and we) hoisted up that trophy (together) in Dallas, Texas.”
As someone who has a certain degree of prowess in the world of acting and directing, I would say that Peterson was acceptable but not good in his acting attempt. Even in the small amount of time he spent on screen he was twitchy – swaying back and forth and moving his mouth like he was going to say something when he wasn’t – and seemed really nervous. With that being said, I’ve seen first-time actors do much worse, and that includes watching tape of my first time acting.
As far as the fumbles go, Peterson has stuck with pretty much the same canned responses all offseason and they borderline on denial and excuse making. However, whether or not the problem has been properly addressed will not be able to be properly judged until at least half way through this season.
Lastly, it is nice to see our guys out there interacting with tomorrow’s athletes whether it be Peterson in Norman, Favre in Oak Grove, Loadholt and Cooper in Oklahoma, or any of the other above-and-beyond efforts being made by Viking players this time of year.