Jerick McKinnon learns Adrian Peterson’s routine the hard way

Adrian Peterson said he has a “somewhat lazy side.” Who knew? Certainly not Jerick McKinnon, who experienced the pains of a Peterson workout.

Earlier this offseason, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got a group of his tight ends and wide receivers together at his home in Florida to work on passing drills, a session eventually dubbed the “Teddy Two Gloves Passing Academy.”

Bridgewater made a note during minicamp that he may try to get everyone out and have a Part 2 to the passing academy. There were not any running backs present at the first one, but both Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon said they would like to try to make it out there for the second one although Peterson joked that he may try to get them to move it to Houston instead of having it in Florida.

“I might be able to take a week off and go down there,” he said. “I’ve been trying and lobbying to get those guys down in Houston, kind of cater to my somewhat lazy side.”

The thing about that, though, is that Peterson’s teammate, and kind of his right-hand man, McKinnon, does not think that Peterson has a lazy side to begin with. Last offseason, McKinnon was down in Houston, about half an hour away from where Peterson’s home was, so he thought it would be beneficial to hit him up and work out with him.

McKinnon soon learned that a workout with Peterson is different than any other workout. It pushed him to his limit, but it sounds like he was grateful for it in the end.

“I worked out with him last year for about a week or so and it was far from lazy,” McKinnon said. “A lot of running. A lot of running and then a lot of lifting at the end, it’s pretty good though. After the workout you feel exhausted, but you feel like you can conquer anything. It’s hard work. When I was down there it would be did like a crazy number of hills, a sand pit and that itself was just exhausting. Then we lifted after. It was good.”


Not only was the workout with Peterson a good one for his body, but McKinnon also said that it was good for his mind. It caused him to push himself harder than he was used to, which caused him to feel like he could conquer the world. He had to push himself farther than he was used to, both physically and mentally, but he was thankful for that when it was all said and done.

“It was a mental tool,” he explained. “When you go through that much, it’s good strengthening the mind. And like I said before, after you finish the workout you feel like you can conquer anything.”

Even though it was a good workout and McKinnon was thankful he had the chance to do it, you can tell he is not overly enthused about doing it on a regular basis. It didn’t sound like he made the trip down to Houston this offseason to relive his experience. Instead, when he’s been away from Minnesota, McKinnon has been doing most of his working out on his own, at his own place. 


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