Adrian Peterson has provided the most stressful and the most comical moments for the Minnesota Vikings this offseason.
His legal troubles back in Texas were the dominant headlines closing out 2014, but at the beginning of 2015 the tensions between Peterson and the Vikings organization took on a public tone. Since returning to Minnesota to resume workouts with the Vikings in June after skipping the first week of organized team activities, Peterson has admitted he didn’t know what he wanted while he struggled to deal with the criticisms waged against him after disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.
He said he was “uneasy” about a return to the Vikings. He said he considered pursuing a career in track. Or real estate. Or simply retiring.
Then came the comments from his agent, Ben Dogra, saying Peterson would be better off playing for another team in 2015, and an argument between his agent and Vikings Vice President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski at the NFL Scouting Combine that became public. Peterson also sent out a barrage of tweets stating his opinion that NFL contracts are unfair because teams can release players, sometimes without salary-cap consequence, while players can’t opt out of their contract whenever they want.
Through it all, there have been rumors of potential trade locations for Peterson, despite the Vikings standing publicly steadfast that they weren’t going to trade him. Head coach Mike Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman both publicly and repeatedly stated their support for Peterson.
Eventually, he returned and appears ready to eager to put the tension of the past six months behind him.
But there have been a couple of comical moments, too, and Peterson isn’t afraid to show his whimsical side on occasion.
The first came at his birthday party in March. An event manager posted on Instagram a picture of Peterson riding into his Arabian-themed 30th birthday party on a camel.
If that wasn’t enough to break the tension at the height of concern for Vikings fans, then his return to the team should have done it.
If not, he posted this video on his Twitter account last week. He’s riding what is called a Phunkee Duck – think small Segway without the handle – while filming selfie-style. While NFL defenders have a hard time getting Peterson off-balance, the Phunkee Duck was able to in a moment labeled “stuntin gone wrong.”
Stuntin gone wrong?????? pic.twitter.com/DfomSkT2Oo— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) June 26, 2015
It’s been a long time since it was good times “All Day” between Peterson and his fan base, but the tensions could be coming to an end and the laughs just getting started.