By Ananth Pandian
Showing no sign of slowing down at at 33 years old, veteran running back Adrian Peterson has already made quite an impact with the Washington Redskins.
Peterson missed all of training camp and only played in one preseason game but he showed no signs of rust in Washington’s Week 1 victory over the Arizona Cardinals by rushing for 96 yards and scoring a touchdown, which was the 100th of his career. In that same game, Peterson also surpassed Jim Brown for 10th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list and had two receptions for 70 yards.
Peterson’s ability to immediately make an impact with the Redskins is a testament to how hard he trains in the offseason. And while all NFL players work hard in the offseason, Peterson goes above and beyond as his workouts are downright insane.
From ESPN’s John Keim:
They worked out five hours a day, a nod to Peterson wanting to spend more time with his family. In the past, he’d often go for eight hours. But they’ll do track and weight-room workouts, on-field work, yoga, boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling. And more. Cooper always reminds him to work with a calm purpose and not anger. But he’ll push buttons.
During workouts, Peterson will run, among other things, 300-meter sprints, perhaps as many as 10 of them, with 90 seconds to two minutes of rest in between. But that “rest” included some form of a core workout. His average time on those sprints: around 41 seconds. That’s only 11 seconds slower than the fastest 300-meter time ever...