"He's by far the best running back I've ever seen," Favre said. "I was always a huge Walter Payton fan – the guy was always outstanding. He made the most with probably the least, which was so amazing to watch. Adrian has it all. He's big, he's explosive, he can stop and hit full speed in two steps, and he's just relentless.
"He's a defender when he has the ball in his hand. I'd hate to tackle that guy. But it's unfair to rank him with Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and those guys, because he's got some catching up to do. But he's outstanding."
Peterson leads the league with 272 yards on 40 carries and is one of the NFL's leaders with a 6.8-yards-per-carry average. Favre is well aware that a strong running game helps him.
"All you've got to do is watch the guy play and with eight men (at the line of scrimmage on defense) … he takes a handoff and goes 30 yards or whatever it was for a touchdown and they had the run played. One guy got a hand on him," Favre said. "So I felt like it would enable us to do some things that other running games would not be able to do because of the Adrian factor. At 19 years, I'm not going to sit here and say I can do all the things I've always done, so using him to my advantage and to our team's advantage was appealing."
Favre hasn't put together any 300-yard passing performances since having six of them in his final season with the Green Bay Packers in 2007, but he did throw for more than 3,400 yards with the New York Jets last year. After 110-yard and 155-yard performances in the Vikings' first two games, Favre is on pace for 2,120 yards this season … and he doesn't seem to mind the decreased passing statistics.
With Peterson behind him, Favre insists that winning is more important than throwing deep or racking up the passing yards. With a 2-0 record, Favre seems satisfied.
"That's the only thing that matters," he said. "… The bottom line is winning and we're 2-0, San Francisco is 2-0 so the formula for them has worked, the formula for us has worked up to this point. It's only two games into it, but my philosophy has always been, whatever it takes to win you do."
FAVRE NOT FINE WITH FINE
When Favre mentioned recently that he had talked with the New York Jets about his torn biceps tendon last year, it put the Jets under a microscope with the league because they never listed Favre on the injury report. On Wednesday, Favre said the league never talked to him about the situation before issuing the Jets a $75,000 fine, as well as $25,000 fines each for former Jets coach Erin Mangini, now with the Browns, and Jets general manager Mike Tannebaum.
"I think it's very unfair. I just think it's wrong," Favre said of the fines. "They did everything that I felt they were supposed to. I practiced like half a day on the Wednesday after. We knew that I had a torn biceps. And the only reason I brought that up is I wanted to address to them that I felt like maybe there were some throws where I could've played better because of this injury. I just wanted to let them know that. I never asked them to put me on the injury report.
"I can't tell you how many times I probably should've been on the injury report. I practiced. I played. I knew I was going to play. But if we want to sit down and talk about it, I wanted them to know that I wasn't too proud to play just to play. And so, yeah, I talked with Mike and just spoke briefly with Eric when we played those guys, but that hadn't come out. Just expressed that I was sorry that it led to that, meant nothing by it. But I think it is unfair the way they were treated."
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