Peterson's rookie run at records

Who's faster, Minnesota rookie phenom Adrian Peterson or 49ers' rookie linebacker Patrick Willis? Learn things about the Vikings' ground-breaking running back such as his special vision, his strong handshake, his angry running style, his chase of NFL records and his offseason workouts with Willis as Peterson covers a spectrum of topics while talking Vikings and 49ers.

Q: Did you work out with Patrick Willis before the season started?
Peterson:
Yes I did in Arizona. We worked out with API.

Q: What did you think of Patrick?
Peterson:
He's a freak. Working out with him, I saw the talent he has being a big guy. He's about 240 and has speed and athleticism. He's a great athlete.

Q: What have you seen of him in film session?
Peterson:
The past two weeks, he has gotten 37 tackles. That's not normal. I think he's playing some good football.

Q: Do you look forward to facing Patrick on Sunday?
Peterson:
Yeah, I look forward to that, but it's definitely bigger than that as far as offense defense wise and I'm sure he will say the same thing. I'm looking forward to going against him, being one of the best linebackers in the league.

Q: Do you and Patrick stay in touch?
Peterson:
Actually, I haven't had too much time to talk to him, but I have his number. It's been a little bit since we have talked.

Q: You had 15 carries last week. Are you looking to increase that this weekend?
Peterson:
Definitely, I was negotiating on the sideline when they pulled me out, trying to get back in the game. But Brad Childress and the running backs coach, Eric Bieniemy, weren't trying to hear that. But I'm definitely looking forward to having more carries this week.

Q: What percentage can you put on your knee right now?
Peterson:
I would say about 90.

Q: Did you and Patrick push each other and challenge each other during your workouts?
Peterson:
We did. One thing I realized while working out with Patrick is that he is very competitive. You don't really see that too much in guys that are as gifted as him as far as his speed being at 4.3 at 240 pounds. He's strong as an ox. That's one thing I picked up on which made me respect him that much more. I definitely like his fearless style of play.

Q: Did you know much about Patrick before meeting him?
Peterson:
Yeah, I watched him at Ole Miss. I always thought he was a good player. My first opinion, I thought he was going to go in the top six or eight. That's just me looking at players and seeing the talent of how good guys are.

Q: Where did you see yourself going in the draft?
Peterson:
I didn't really have any spot. Coming with the collar bone issue, I knew that could play a role in where I ended up. So I really didn't have myself in any solid place.

Q: Did you feel fortunate you ended up there with a team with such an established offensive line and another running back who could share the load?
Peterson:
I feel very fortunate. I don't think I could have ended up in a better position coming in with the guys they have on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Steve Hutchinson and Bryant McKinnie and having a veteran running back in Chester Taylor really showed me how to get my feet wet.

Q: How have you adjusted to playing with the brace on?
Peterson:
These past two weeks I have been wearing it at practice and during different exercises just trying to adjust to it and being more comfortable with it on. I actually took it home a couple times and just had it on while walking around. At first it was kind of stiff, but I'm starting to get used to it.

Q: Being a rookie you have already etched your name in the NFL record books. Does that seem kind of crazy in your mind?
Peterson:
It's crazy when I sit and think about the things I have accomplished. I sit here before the season and set my goals and go after my goals, and when it actually comes and you have type of success, you always sit back and think, wow that is crazy coming in your rookie year and doing big things. You know you are truly blessed.

Q: One of your goals was to break Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record. Have you done your calculations to see what you need to do?
Peterson:
I would be lying is I said I haven't done the calculations, but that's not my main focus. When I go out and play I'm not going to be saying I need a hundred such and such yards to get this record. I'm just going to do what I have been doing. Go out and practice hard during the week and let it show on Sundays and let it happen.

Q: Who is faster, you or Patrick?
Peterson:
I think I got him. He's fast now for his position as a linebacker, but if you line us up I think I can get him being a running back.

Q: You said you have a gift in eye vision. Does that translate off the field?
Peterson:
Yeah, I'm always spying different things. For example, I'm driving along in the car and it would be pitch dark and I would spot a deer on the side of the road or the back of the woods. I'd point it out to my brother or so and he'd be like, ‘How did you see that?'. It's just little things like that.

Q: Has coming to the NFL been easier than you expected for yourself?
Peterson:
Yes and no. You have to be really professional in everything you do as far learning the playbook and being detailed; knowing that playbook in and out. In college you can get away with different things, but on this level it can cost you games. As far as that goes, it has been a challenge. As far as the game goes and getting adjusted to the speed, I feel like I did that.

Q: How long did you work out with Patrick before the draft?
Peterson:
It was in Tempe, Arizona with API. I want to say it was about two or two and a half months.

Q: Have they come up with a nickname for you in Minnesota yet?
Peterson:
They're sticking with All Day right now. But I heard some talk saying All Day and Night.

Q: You say you run angry, how angry do you plan on running in San Francisco?
Peterson:
I plan on playing my heart out. It's just a passion. Yeah, I run angry because I try to get to the end zone every time I touch the ball, but it's just a passion that I have.

Q: A lot of people didn't realize you could catch the ball out of the backfield. Was pass catching a skill that was on the back burner in college?
Peterson:
Yes, it was. I didn't really catch too many balls in college, but I always had it in me to catch the ball. I'm not going to say I got hands like Randy Moss, but I can catch the ball. I've been playing this game since I was seven years old, so that right there has always been hilarious to me.

Q: Coach Childress said you have one of the strongest hand shakes in America. Has that helped you with your grip on the ball?
Peterson:
It definitely helps my grip. But that's just something I've always been told since I was young. My uncle and my dad would always tell me to look a man in his face and give a good firm handshake.



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